Help for borough’s carers

Published: Tuesday 29th November 11

People who provide unpaid care for others can find out about the help and support available to them on Carers’ Rights Day this Friday (December 2).

A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who could not manage without their help

This year's theme is Money Matters, and carers will be able to find out about their rights and entitlements at information stands at Wandsworth Town and Balham Libraries.

The two stalls are being co-ordinated by the Wandsworth Carers' Centre. Carers will be able to chat to staff from the centre and obtain information from the council's Adult Social Services, Children's Services and Benefits departments, and Job Centre Plus.

There will be information available on benefits and pensions, carers' assessments, special breaks for carers, training and employment and the support available to carers going back into paid work.

The council's Carers' Champion, Cllr Claire Clay, said:

"Many people find themselves as unpaid carers without even realising it and with little warning.  Too many of them have no idea of the support that is available to them in Wandsworth. Being a carer can sometimes be very rewarding, but it can also be difficult, tiring and lonely.

"The council has been working closely with the Carers' Centre to help support carers locally. One of our key aims is to encourage carers to make the most of the help on offer and enjoy a life outside of caring."

Go along to Wandsworth Town Library, Garratt Lane, from 11am to 1pm, or Balham Library, Ramsden Road between 11.30am and 1.30pm.

For more information contact the Wandsworth Carers' Centre on 020 8877 1200 or email

You can find out more about the help available to carers at



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