Carers Rights Day

23 November 2023

A carer can be anyone, of any age, who provides unpaid care to a family member
or friend who could not manage without this support due illness, disability, frailty,
mental ill health or substance misuse.

Carers Right’s Day is an annual national campaign that brings organisations together to help unpaid carers know their rights.

We want to empower carers with information and support, so they can feel confident asking for what they need at a time that they need it and to know how to challenge things when their rights are not being met.

This year, the theme is Your rights: today, tomorrow and in the future.

Whether someone is new to caring, or has been caring for some time, it’s important that they understand their rights and are able to access the support that is available to them and they are entitled to.

What’s on

Various events and activities are happening across Dorset to mark Carers Rights Day for carers to get involved in.

Some of the events are in person and some are online. If you are unable to attend any of the events detailed in the calendar, need some help, or would like more information about support available to you, such as a support groups or a Carers Assessment, please get in touch with your local support service.

Online self-help training session with BRIDGIT

Whether someone has recently become a carer, realised they have been caring for a while without support or has been caring for someone for many years, it’s important they understand their rights and are able to access the support that is available to them whenever they need it.

Are you a carer in the Dorset Council area? Do you want to access information and advice to help you in your caring role?

This Carers Rights Day, BRIDGIT have created an online self-help training session which aims to help carers understand what BRIDGIT can offer. The video is just over three mins long, and can be viewed here:

BRIDGIT is a new website for Carers who are comfortable accessing the internet. There are useful informative videos as well as information about events and local organisations to support you. If you have not informed your GP or Carer Support Dorset of your caring role you can use Bridgit to do this.

You can also upload a photograph to obtain a Carer Friendly ID Card and start a Carers Assessment in your own words for submission to Dorset Council. Watch the video to see what Bridgit can do, or visit the website to get started. 

Alternatively, if you want to talk to someone please contact Carer Support Dorset 0800 368 8349 Dorset Council’s lead carer organisation.

Support for carers

If you are looking after someone who relies on your help for everyday tasks, your local carer support organisation is here for you!

CRISP Carer Support
(For carers in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole)

Carer Support Dorset
(for carers in the Dorset Council area)

Support for young carers

If you are a young carer, there is help and support for you through the Young Carers Service. They can talk to you and try to help work out what support you and your family might need.

Children’s First Response Hub
(For  young carers in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole)

Carer Support Dorset
(for young carers in the Dorset Council area)