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.
This year, our campaign will focus on the ways in which Caring Costs unpaid carers. From carers' well-being and ability to access health services to costs to their finances and employment options to the current cost of living crisis which is being felt even more acutely by carers throughout the UK, Caring Costs in so many ways.
Each year, Carers Rights Day helps us:
- ensure carers are aware of their rights
- let carers know where to get help and support
- raise awareness of the needs of carers.
Below you can copy and save each item and utilise the suggested text to accompany them if you wish.
1. You have the right to request flexible working.
Suggested text: You have the right to request flexible working. However, employers can turn this down if they have a good business reason.
Carers also have the right to take unpaid time off work for dependants in an emergency. Visit the We Care You Care website for more information: www.wecareyoucare.info/am-i-a-carer/carers-rights #CarersRightsDay #wecareyoucare
2. You have the right to protection from discrimination.
Suggested text: As a carer, you have the right not to be discriminated against as a result of your caring role and “association” with a disabled person under the Equality Act. Visit the We Care You Care website for more information: www.wecareyoucare.info/am-i-a-carer/carers-rights #CarersRightsDay #wecareyoucare
3. You have the right to request a free flu vaccine.
Suggested text: If you are the primary carer for an elderly or disabled person, who may be put at risk if you become ill, you have the right to a free flu jab. Visit the We Care You Care website for more information: www.wecareyoucare.info/articles/protect-yourself-and-your-loved-ones-from-flu #CarersRightsDay #wecareyoucare
4. You have the right to a Carers Assessment.
Suggested text: You have the right to a carer's assessment. The Care Act 2014 gives you the right to support from your local authority.
A carer’s assessment is used to look at all your needs, including the things you would like to be able to do in your daily life. Visit the We Care You Care website for more information: www.wecareyoucare.info/am-i-a-carer/carers-rights #CarersRightsDay #wecareyoucare
5. You have the right to be recognised as a carer.
Suggested text: You have the right to be recognised as a carer. You can ask your GP practice to identify you as a carer on your patient record which could mean you are called forward for flu jabs or other public health campaigns. Find out more about how @MboroStcktnMind is supporting South Tees GP Surgeries to become carer friendly: www.wecareyoucare.info/articles/middlesbrough-stockton-mind-are-working-to-create-carer-friendly-gp-surgeries #CarersRightsDay #wecareyoucare
6. You have the right to be consulted on hospital discharge.
Suggested text: You have the right to be consulted on hospital discharge. If you are looking after a loved one who is in hospital care and they are ready for discharge, the hospital must identify and consult with you, where possible. @CarersTogetherRC can support you to ensure you are listened to, understood and supported through this process. Find out more: www.carerstogether.co.uk Phone: 01642 488977