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Advice and support for carers

Being a carer is one of the most important, demanding and rewarding roles any of us can take on, and many of us will become a carer at some point in our lives. There is support available in Islington for people with caring responsibilities.

Islington Carers Hub

Islington Carers Hub provides advice, information and support to all carers aged 18 or over who live or work in Islington or care for someone living in Islington. They do this either directly or through their work with other organisations.

You can get support from them on anything from employment to parking permits, and they also provide lots of opportunities to meet other carers and get support from them.

Short breaks

We all need a break once in a while, and no one more so than people with caring responsibilities. There are a few ways to get support to get a break. You can use your carer’s personal budget if you’ve had a carer’s assessment and if you now have access to a personal budget, you can use that to fund a break.

You can apply to the Islington Carers Hub fund; this can provide funding for short breaks for people who have not got access to a personal budget.

You could also discuss using the service user’s personal budget. Service users can spend some of their personal budget on respite care that allows their carer to get a break.

Carers Emergency Card

The Carers Emergency Card is for people who care for someone with a long term health problem or who is physically disabled. The Carers Emergency Card provides peace of mind for carers in case something happens to them. Islington Carers Hub can support you to join the Carers Emergency Card Scheme, and you can find out more about the card on the Islington Carers Hub.

Training for carers

Carers can access free training from Islington Council. The training supports carers to build their skills and confidence in their caring role and to provide a safe environment for both themselves and the people they care for. Current training on offer includes:

  • how to lift and handle the person you care for safely
  • emergency first aid
  • food hygiene and infection control
  • understanding 'mental capacity'

You can book a course or get the full list of courses and dates by contacting the Learning and Development team. You can call them on 020 7527 8884 or you can email the Learning and Development team.

We are interested to hear from carers about the types of courses that they would benefit from. Carers must be registered with the Islington Carers Hub or in receipt of a carer's service to access the training. Visit the Islington Carers Hub website to register with them.

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