Carers Trust Heart of England
Carers Trust is a national charity that supports people who are unpaid carers. This is the local branch that support people in Coventry and Warwickshire. They offer things like:
- information on accessing local health and social care services
- assistive technology
- signposting to information about money and benefits
- signposting to national and local organisations for specific help
- Carers Assessments
- emergency planning
- peer support/carers groups
And much more
It is a legal requirement that all councils in England offer carers a Carers Assessment if they want one. The assessment looks at what your caring role involves and how it affects your wellbeing.
You can find out more about Carers Assessments, including how to request one, on the Coventry City Council website
Care Companion is a new online resource for Coventry and Warwickshire carers that has been developed locally to support those who care for their loved ones. It's free and simple to use.
What do unpaid carers do?
Unpaid carers may:
- Help someone with practical things, like doing their shopping, getting dressed, or taking medication.
- Provide emotional support and comfort.
- Help someone to do social activities, like meet a friend or go to a football match.
- Speak up for their loved ones if they can't do this themselves.
It’s estimated 10-15% of Coventry’s population are unpaid carers – that could mean there are as many as 55,000 carers living in the city.
Carers come from all walks of life and lots of people who provide care don’t see themselves as ‘carers’ - they see their caring role as ‘just something they do’ for the people they love.
Carers are more likely to feel lonely1, have long-term health issues themselves and are less well off financially.2