Carers Week Video

Carers Week Video

Carers Trust were thrilled that Her Majesty The Queen and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal joined four carers and their CEO, Gareth Howells, in a very special video call to mark Carers Week.

Please click here to take you to Carers Trust to view the video

The Queen spoke to Alex from Swansea, Nadia and Amna from London and Mary from Dumfries about the challenges they face as primary carers and how they manage to balance their caring responsibilities with maintaining their own physical and mental wellbeing.

And turning to the Making Caring Visible theme for this year’s Carers Week, The Queen and The Princess Royal spoke  to Carers Trust CEO Gareth Howells about the importance of highlighting the vital role played by unpaid carers, and how carers can access the support they need.

The video call follows an earlier video message from The Princess Royal to carers to mark the beginning of Carers Week. The Princess Royal has championed the cause of unpaid carers for over 30 years and is President of Carers Trust.

Click Carers Trust for further details

National Employability Day

National Employability Day

In celebration of National Employability Day on 26th June 2020 Working for Carers are running an online session on Interview Techniques

This session is for unpaid carers aged 25 or over who are interested in moving closer to employment and will cover:

  • How to answer competency based questions
  • How to prepare for an interview
  • How to explain an employment gap
  • How to highlight your key and transferable skills

This online session will be run using zoom – once registered we will provide you with the link to join the session. Please register your place on Eventbrite

Carers Week 2020

Carers Week 2020

Monday 8th June to Sunday 14th June 2020

Carers Week 2020 is made possible by Carers UK working together with five other national charities. Together we’re asking local communities, organisations and individuals to join us in ‘Making Caring Visible’. British Gas, part of Centrica, is the headline supporter of this year’s Carers Week. Find out more on the Carers Week website.

Making Caring Visible

Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but carers often find it challenging to take care of their own wellbeing whilst caring, and find that their contribution to society is not recognised and celebrated. Its impact on all aspects of life, from relationships and health to finances and work, should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough.

That’s why, this Carers Week, we’re focusing on ‘Making Caring Visible’ to ensure that carers get the information and support they need from services and the wider public.

About Carers Week 

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support. Find out more.


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Benefits Calculator

Benefits Calculator

The online benefits calculator makes it easier to work out which benefits you might be able to claim, and how much you could get.

Both you and the person you care for can use this benefits calculator as long you are over 18 and aren’t students. It is free to use and none of the information that you provide to Turn2us is shared with anyone else.

Make sure you have all the information you need on hand before you start. This helps to make sure that the advice you get is accurate. You’ll need:

Details of your income and savings (this includes investments and other capital).

– Your annual Council Tax bill.
– Details of your rent or mortgage payments.
– Details of any benefits you already claim.

You can save your calculation at any time, and come back to complete it later. Simply use the save and come back later option in the top right hand corner.

Once you have completed all the questions the benefits calculator will say which means tested benefits you might be able to apply for, and how much you are likely to get if you claim. You will need to make the actual benefit claims yourself – the benefits calculator doesn’t make any claims for you.

It can tell you if you might be able to claim Working tax credit, Child tax credit, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support, Child Benefit, Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, or Universal Credit.

Click here for further details

Find out more about these benefits


Please support us now

Please support us now

With the Coronavirus pandemic, it is changing things for everybody. Harrow’s unpaid carers are at the very front line. These are the people who are looking after a vulnerable member of their family, a friend or a neighbour. Many have been doing this for years, but in the last couple of weeks it’s got much tougher.

We are seeking your help to raise funds to tackle the impact of the coronavirus pandemic with increased costs including buying new electronic equipment for staff so they can safely work at home. With the increased risks we have had to recruit new care support workers urgently who are caring for vulnerable people in our community and these people are vital during this tough time.

We have had an amazing response to our appeal for volunteers to help at this time but now we need your help with funds to pay for essential things we need to provide the vital support which is needed now and in the future. We are urging you to help support our new COVID-19 initiative and services:

  • We are offering telephone counselling sessions and advice for our distressed and isolated carers.
  •  We will be delivering essential supplies such as prescriptions to relieve some stress off our carers so they don’t have to leave their loved ones alone.
  • We are providing homecare for patients discharged from hospital early, through our dedicated staff visiting peoples’ homes

Your donation will mean we can deliver support, medicines and food to the most vulnerable in our community, especially in times of emergency like this, making a difference to many lives.

£20 will help us to provide food and essential items for a carer and their family for a week

£50 will help us to provide counselling and support for a carer for 3 months

£100 will help us to provide daily support and care for a carer and their family who need homecare for a week

Please click the link to support Harrow Carers

Please support Harrow Carers by donating and sharing this with others

Thank you.