Figures from CarersUK show that nationally there are around 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK. Annually these carers save the economy £132 billion pounds per year. This means that each carer in the UK saves the economy over £19,000 each through the care that they provide.
In Wakefield there are 36,621 unpaid carers who save the economy over £ 700 million each year, of these, over 7000 are known to and supported by Carers Wakefield & District. These carers alone save the economy around £133 million per year. If it wasn’t for the valuable care that these individuals provide the economy would be under more financial pressure than it already is.
Are you a Carer?
Do you give support to a member/s of your family, a partner or friend who has an illness, disability, learning disability, is frail/elderly or has a mental health condition? For example, caring for your parent, son, daughter, partner or friend.
If so we offer a free and confidential information and support service to adults and young adult carers from age 18 living in the Wakefield Council area
- Listen and talk things over to help you make decisions and choices
- Give advice and information about services available for you and/or the person you care for
- Provide you with benefits guidance and support
- Support you at meetings that are relevant to your caring role
- Speak to a Support Worker over the phone
- Make an appointment to see a Support Worker at your home or other convenient place
- Drop in at our office between 9 am-5 pm weekdays
Also register via our Pink Card Scheme at GP Practices
- Ask your GP to register you as a carer
- Complete a pink card
- Your surgery will forward it to us and we will contact you
We run regular carer support groups throughout the Wakefield District check out what we have on offer in your area
My Time grant
We have a grant available for carers to take a break, help fund a hobby or even a treat. Read about our criteria here
We send a newsletter out four times a year. This will keep you up to date with things that are relevant to you as a carer. Please see our latest editions on our Publications page
Grants to Carers Groups
There is a grant available to Carers’ Groups and Groups whose primary purpose is to support those with a specific illness or condition but also supports their unpaid carers. The Grants to Carers Groups is available to Groups with a minimum of 55% of those attending the Group who are current unpaid carers. For more information visit our Grants to Carers Groups and Publications pages
Connecting Care Team
We are part of the Connecting Care Team in the Wakefield District. For more information about what it is about and what it means for you please visit https://www.wakefieldccg.nhs.uk/connecting-care-wakefield-district/