Are You a Carer?
is an information and support service run by six organisations working together to improve the quality of services for all carers in Devon; give us a call to find out how we can support you.
Helpline (open Monday-Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday mornings 9am to 1pm)
03456 434 435
Benefits to carers include:
- a regular newsletter with information about events, groups and training in your area;
- a Carer Alert Card to ensure the person you care for gets help if something unexpected happens to you;
- contact with someone to give you advice and support; and,
- help accessing time off from caring.
To find out about how we handle information, including confidential information about carers, please click here.
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
LATEST NEWS: CARERS WEEK 12-18 June 2017*
STEP UP TO OUR CARERS WEEK CHALLENGE! Carers Week takes place 12-18 June and this year we are promoting the positive benefits of walking as a free, accessible and healthy activity for carers across Devon. Every one of you has stepped up to face the challenges of caring and we want to help raise awareness of carers locally with our own Step Out for Carers Week challenge. We are encouraging carers to join a local walk for Carers Week and/or to keep a log of the steps you take during that week. All we ask is that you let us know what you did and we hope to be able to generate some positive publicity highlighting the huge contribution you all make locally caring for your loved ones.
Devon Carers staff would be delighted if you could join us on one of the following walks:
Tues 13 June, 11:00am, Exmouth Seafront
Meet on the seafront outside The Merchant (33-34 Strand) for a walk through Manor Gardens to Esplanade and along to the lifeboat station. Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available at The Merchant afterwards. Please book in advance by calling 03456 434435. (Ask to speak to Susie Plunkett or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thurs 15 June, 11:00am, Tiverton Canal Ramble
Meet at the Ducks Ditty floating Café Bar for a walk along the canal path. A round trip of approx. 1.5 miles. Teas/coffees available but you may wish to bring a packed lunch
Fri 16 June, 10:30am, The Donkey Sanctuary
A guided walk that will take approx one hour and will be followed by a sandwich lunch afterwards. Limited places available so please book in advance by calling 03456 434435. (Ask to speak to Susie Plunkett or e-mail email@example.com)
Check back very soon for details of our Carers Week walk in Exeter
Mon 12 June, 11:00am, Tarka Trail
Meet at the Braunton Inn for a 1-mile walk followed by refreshments.
Weds 14 June, 11:15am & 2:00pm, RHS Rosemoor Torrington
Enjoy a guided walk around Rosemoor Gardens. Places are limited so please book in advance by calling 03456 434435
Mon 12 June, 12:00pm, Dawlish
Meet at the Methodist Church for a short walk around Dawlish followed by tea and cake in a local café
Tues 13 June, 9:45am, Modbury Walk & Talk
Meet at Modbury Health Centre for a walk of approx. 2 miles. Refreshments will be available to purchase afterwards. (Meet at 9:30am if you have not joined in with a walk organised by 'Walk & Talk' before) Please book your place by calling 03456 434435.
Weds 14 June, 10:30am, South Brent Walk & Talk
Meet in the South Brent Old School Centre for a 45-minute gentle walk. Refreshments will be available to purchase afterwards. (Meet at 10:20am if you have not joined in with a walk organised by ‘Walk & Talk’ before) Please book your place by calling 03456 434435.
Weds 14 June, 11am, Totnes Walk & Talk
Meet in the Civic Hall, Market Square for a walk around Totnes Gardens. Refreshments will be available to purchase afterwards. (Meet at 10:40am if you have not joined in with a walk organised by ‘Walk & Talk’ before) Please book your place by calling 03456 434435.
Active Devon also leads 115 walks every week across the county and are especially keen to welcome anyone who wants to join a walk in Carers Week. Search for Active Devon's 'Walking for Health' walks at www.walkingfor health.org.uk
Please call our helpline on 03456 434 435 if you have any questions about any of our Carers Week walks. Don't forget to check out other news and information in our latest newsletter by clicking here
CARERS CELEBRATION SERVICE
There will be a service of Celebration for Carers at 6:30pm on Saturday 17 June at Crediton Parish Church. The service will be attended by the Bishop of Crediton, Sarah Mullaly, and has been organised for Carers Week in recognition of all the work that carers in Devon do. A delicious cream tea will be available from 5pm in the St Boniface Centre next door to the church. Further information is available from Tim Collins at Devon Carers on tel: 03456 434 435 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact Tim by 9 June to let him know if you would like to attend
* WHAT IS DEVON CARERS *
Devon Carers provides information, assessment and support for carers living in the Devon County Council area or caring for someone living in the Devon County Council area. We have staff based all across Devon.
Devon Carers is run by six organisations working together to improve the quality of services for carers in Devon, whatever your age, whoever you care for. The six organisations are Westbank, Action East Devon, Exeter CVS, Taw and Torridge CVS, Young Devon and Hikmat.
There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
- Caring for a parent
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
- Telling people
Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.
- Taking a break
Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.
- Housing and carers
Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?
Carers support groups
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.