Are You a Carer? Do you provide unpaid care to a partner, relative, friend or neighbour ?
If you are please complete a Carers form - we may be able to help you.
Wigan Council is aware of the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on our vulnerable residents.
If you are vulnerable, need help and have no one to turn to, please follow the link and complete the form https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Crime-Emergencies/Forms/Self-isolation-welfare-support.aspx or telephone 01942489019 Please share this message with friends, neighbours, colleagues
Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre can support you emotionally and practically. They offer free services as follows:-
- Benefit Advice
- One to One Support for the Carer
- Training / Activities
- Can arrange for you to have a carers assessment
- Signpost you to support groups relevant to your needs
- Provide a befriending service
If you would like further information, speak to one of their members of staff, or contact them direct.
Telephone - 01942 705959
Or call in and see them - Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm:- Frederick Street, Hindley. WN2 3BD
There is also a wealth of information on the NHS Choices Website 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.
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the person you care for
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
- Death and benefits
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Managing someone's legal affairs
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
- Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
- Personal and household finance
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
- Social fund
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible