Support from us for Parent Carers

A parent carer is someone who provides care to a disabled child under the age of 18 and for whom they have parental responsibility.  The Care Act 2014 extended the right to assessments and support to parent carers.  Here at Carers Trust Solihull we aim to provide what you need to support your emotional and physical well-being and other areas of your life that are affected by caring.

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A chance to discuss your role as a parent carer with someone who will help you find out what support is available to you and and how to access it.

Carers Assessments
The assessment is free and used to work out what support is available to you.  Don’t be put off by the word ‘assessment’. It is not a test about how good you are at caring. It is to work out what can be done to make life easier for you.
The assessment is usually a face to face meeting with a Parent Carers Assessment Worker from our organisation and is reviewed every 12 months.  It is for YOU and YOUR needs and is not a means to access support for your child.
The assessment would look at the following areas of your life:
  • Health
  • Emotional and physical wellbeing
  • Social life, hobbies and interests
  • Opportunities to access work, training or education
  • Finances

Click below for a copy of the Parent Carers Assessment form and to find out what to expect from your assessment.

If your circumstances should dramatically change before your annual review is due, you can request an earlier review of your carers assessment to be done.  This is particularly important if you can no longer provide the same level of care you have done in the past or if the needs of the person you care for has changed.

adult support work

Although caring can be deeply rewarding, it can also consume a lot of time and energy both emotionally and physically. Support Workers are available to help and advise you along the way.

Support Work can take place over the phone, in your home, or somewhere else in the community – or you can also drop in to our offices:

Monday – Thursday 10.00 – 4.00 or  Friday – 10.00 – 3.00

Support Work can help you to:

  • Manage feelings and caring related worries
  • Help to find out what support is available at the time you need it
  • Learn about Coping strategies
  • Increasing your knowledge
  • Find out your rights
  • Speak openly and honestly in a confidential environment
  • Have your voice heard – help to articulate what you want to say or ask for with other professionals
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We know it’s not always easy to arrange or participate in activities when you are caring, so we organise activities at little or no cost to you.

Everyone needs time and space to get away from it all, even if only for a short while, and this is certainly true for carers.  If you spend a lot of time caring for someone, it’s important to make time for yourself too – both for the sake of your own health and well-being and to give you the energy to carry on caring.

We provide a variety of events and activities for you to access.

You are the expert in the care of your  child, however we provide training to help increase your knowledge, skills and confidence to support you in your caring role.

Caring brings with it a range of positive, emotional and psychological benefits, such as:

  • Attending to physical and emotional needs of others
  • Resourcefulness
  • Developing life skills you wouldn’t have otherwise
  • Multi tasking

We provide training and workshops to increase and develop these skills.  Some of which are accredited and awarded with a certificate.

Carers card will help others understand you are a carer.  It can also be used in an emergency and to get into local places for free or at a reduced cost.

If you were caught up in an emergency situation, your carers card will alert others that someone relies on you at home.  Your card will hold telephone numbers of your choice, of those who could be contacted to help the person you care for in your absence.

You can also use your card to get into places for free or at a cheaper rate if you are escorting someone who cannot attend by themselves.  We advise you contact the venue prior to your visit to check their carers concession still apply.

To request a carers card call us on 01217881143 or email centre@solihullcarers.org

other sevices

You may not find what you are looking for here, however there is a lot more support available in Solihull.  We have a page dedicated to other services and support for you, including looking after your health, money and transport.  We have also listed support services available to your child and family.  Take a look here.

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There is a wealth of services and support for children with disabilities and/or additional needs in Solihull.  You may know about some of them, others you may not.  Click here to find out where to find them.