Navigating the System (Independent Age)

Independent Age's new report reveals that complexities in the social care system and difficulties accessing advice from local councils are causing added distress to people in need of care.

Their research found that less than half of respondents feel confident arranging social care for themselves or someone they know. This shows how important it is that local authorities get information and advice right.

Independent Age is calling on the Government to provide further support to local authorities to tackle these issues.

An Urgent Call to Action: Carers Trust Report

Carers Trust has written this report for decision-makers on behalf of the unpaid carers who took the time to share their messages with us. These are their voices. And our message is that a solution desperately needs to be found so that unpaid carers get the support they need. Unpaid carers are not asking to live in the lap of luxury or saying they do not want to work – they are having to “choose” whether to eat or not, to turn the heating on or not, leave their jobs, and are compromising their own health and wellbeing.

Carers Rights Day 2022 Tools

We have created six images which can be used to support Carers Rights Day 2022 across the South Tees. 

About Carers Rights Day

Whether you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while, we believe that it’s important that you understand your rights and are able to access the support that is available to you as soon as you need it.

Self Advocacy Guide

"Caring can be rewarding but also very isolating. You may not know what help to ask for, how to ask, or indeed who to ask.

Being Heard: a self-advocacy guide for carers can help you get your voice heard when you care for someone. Self-advocacy is about being able to have your own needs listened to, as well as speaking up for the person you care for.

The guide stems from work carried out by Carers Scotland and the Scottish Government since 2011, and each guide reflects the situation for carers in each UK nation.

Routed in Nature Family Open Day (M&S Mind, 24 Oct 22)


🌱Routed in Nature's Family Open Day:

The Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind team have a varied schedule of free outdoor sessions on their open day on Monday, 24 October, at Newham Grange. The event runs 10-2 pm; download the information poster for all the details here:

☎️Contact Leah on 07739363007 for more information.

Event Registration - Rooted in Nature Family Open Day (

Heading for crisis: Caught between caring and rising costs

The latest report from Carers UK addressing the impact of the cost of living crisis on unpaid carers: 

Unpaid carers are at the sharp end of the cost of living crisis. Many carers have high caring-related costs that they can’t cut back on without affecting the person they care for. The government must immediately step up and provide unpaid carers with the financial support they need to cope this winter.