An online event for Carers Rights Day will give unpaid carers in Swindon the chance to hear from and question health and social care leaders.
It is aimed at all unpaid carers, whether they look after a family member, partner or friend.
Each year, Swindon Carers Centre marks Carers Rights Day by bringing organisations together to help carers understand their rights and find out about the help and support they are entitled to.
This year’s event, on Friday, 20 November, will be held online due to covid-19 at a time when the pandemic is creating many additional pressures for unpaid carers - balancing their caring roles with work, education and other commitments.
Following the theme ‘Know Your Rights’, the event is open to all carers, supporters and anyone interested in learning how to better support unpaid carers in their community or workplace.
There will be updates on key topics including hospital discharge processes, the Swindon Learning Disability Partnership Board, NHS priorities for carers and Swindon’s Carers Strategy.
Swindon Carers Centre will also be joined for a Question and Answer panel by South Swindon MP Robert Buckland, Swindon North MP Justin Tomlinson, Sue Wald, Director of Adult Social Services, Swindon Borough Council, Coun Brian Ford, Cabinet Member for Adult Health and Social Care at Swindon Borough Council, Clinical Commissioning Group Chief Operating Officer David Freeman and Abbey Mulla, Carer Leadership Support Manager with NHS England South West
Carers will be able to question speakers as well as to voice their thoughts and experiences.
Anyone unable to attend can submit a question in advance by emailing email@example.com.
The carers centre website is https://www.swindoncarers.org.uk/