Carers Week 2017


Are you looking after someone?

Carers Week is an annual campaign to celebrate and recognise the 6.5 million people in the UK who care (unpaid) for family or friends who have a disability, illness or who need support in later life.

For Carers Week 2017 we have 7 events to celebrate Carers.

  • Monday 12 June: Crafty Carers, 8am – 4pm at All Saints Church, HEREFORD
  • Tuesday 13 June: Hereford Walk, 10.30am – 12noon starting at All Saints Church, HEREFORD
  • Wednesday 14 June: Pub lunch, 12.30 – 2pm in LEOMINSTER.  Call for more details.
  • Wednesday 14 June: Tea & Cake, 4pm at Sainsbury’s, HEREFORD
  • Wednesday 14 June: Quiz Night, 7.30 – 9.30pm at GWRSA Club, HEREFORD
  • Thursday 15 June: Circus Starr, 4.15 – 6.15pm at Bishop Meadows, HEREFORD
  • Friday 16 June: Crafty Carers, 8am – 4pm at All Saints Church, HEREFORD

Other events in Herefordshire during Carers Week 2017!

Suitable for those with an Autistic Spectrum condition, sensory or communication disorder. This is also suitable for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

Carers Check List – This checklist sets out practical steps every part of the community can take to be carer friendly – to help you feel supported as a carer and recognised as an individual with needs of your own.

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Views of Herefordshire General Election candidates on support for unpaid Carers in Herefordshire

Dear Candidate

I am writing to you on behalf of Herefordshire Carers Support, the leading organisation in the County working to support unpaid Carers, of all ages from the vulnerable young Carers of school age to the very elderly frail Carers looking after partners or grown-up children, and Carers involved in care of all conditions, illnesses and disabilities, mental and physical. We are a long-standing charity committed to promoting the voice and meeting the needs of Carers.

We are asking for your views on support for unpaid Carers in the county in order to publicise these to the Carer population (currently estimated by the council to be approaching 35,000 or 1/6 of the population) on our website before Election Day. We are writing to all Candidates in both constituencies who have an email address freely available on the internet.

Carers want to know what local MPS views are and what they will do to support unpaid Carers, who as is well known save the public purse vast sums that would otherwise have to be found for NHS and social care services. Increasingly the pressures in these services are being transferred to the unpaid Carer e.g. rapid discharges, waits for social care support. Carer support helps Carers cope, helps them keep caring despite the strains, helps them find ways to keep working, or to (re)gain a life outside of caring. But as you will know funding cuts are threatening this support just at a time when Carers are making a critical contribution to the overall picture of how we as a society keep people cared for.

Please consider sending us a statement of your views and we will post all that we receive prominently on our website. Many thanks for your help.

With best wishes, Sheila Marsh: Chair, Board of Trustees

Response from Roger Page

Labour Candidate for North Herefordshire

Response from Diana Toynbee

Green Party Parliamentary candidate for Hereford and South Herefordshire

Response from Jim Kenyon

Independent candidate for Hereford & Herefordshire South

Response from Lucy Hurds

Liberal Democrat for Hereford & Herefordshire South

Response from Ellie Chowns

Green Party candidate for North Herefordshire

Response from Jesse Norman

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Hereford & South Herefordshire

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Specified Adult Childcare credits

You may be entitled to receive these NI credits if you are a grandparent, or other family member, who cares for a child under 12, usually whilst their parent (or main carer) is working. These credits are only available from April 2011 and you must make an application to receive the NI credits.

What you’ll get

Specified Adult Childcare credits will help build up your National Insurance contributions. This means:

  • you will receive a Class 3 NI credit for each week or part week you cared for the child (Class 3 NI credits help to build entitlement to the State Pension and, until April 2017, certain bereavement benefits)
  • it can help to stop gaps in your National Insurance record


You should not apply for Specified Adult Childcare credits if you:

  • already have a qualifying year of National Insurance – usually because you work or receive other NI credits
  • are receiving Child Benefit for the child – you already get Parent’s credits automatically
  • are the partner of, and live with, the Child Benefit recipient and you want to transfer the Parent’s credits from your spouse or partner to yourself – you apply to do this on form CF411A

You can apply for Specified Adult Childcare credits if:

  • you are a grandparent, or other family member caring for a child under 12
  • you were over 16, and under state pension age when you cared for the child
  • you are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, meaning England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but not the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man
  • the child’s parent (or main carer) is entitled to Child Benefit and has a qualifying year for National Insurance without needing the parent’s class 3 NI credits which they receive automatically from Child Benefit
  • the child’s parent (or main carer) agrees to your application by countersigning the form to confirm that:
    • you cared for their child for the period stated
    • you can have the Class 3 NI credit for the period stated

Read more at Specified Adult Childcare credits: fact sheet – GOV.UK

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Making your home dementia friendly

Every home can be made more dementia-friendly with just a few simple changes.

Simple changes can make a big difference

There are lots of simple, little things that you can do to make your home more dementia-friendly. Here are a few examples:

  • As your dementia progresses, you may find it harder to interpret what you see. Simple changes to a room’s colour scheme to make it brighter can often help. Go for strong contrast so that things stand out.
  • Improving the lighting at night is also a good idea.
  • Look for tripping hazards and remove rugs and low furniture.
  • Use noticeboards and calendars to remind you of things you need to do.
  • Clocks with easy-to-read faces are available and some will also show whether it is day or night and what day and month it is.
  • Leave things out on the kitchen worktop, like tea and coffee, so that they are easy to find.
  • Remove any unnecessary mirrors that can sometimes cause confusion.

More information available from and

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FREE Carers entry with National Trust 


Admits the necessary companion, or carer, of a disabled visitor free of charge, while the normal membership/ admission fee applies to the disabled visitor.

Request an Access for all Admit One Card.



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A carers’ manifesto

With a snap general election called, Carers UK have five top priorities that carers might want to see from a future Government. These are based on years of evidence, consultation and involvement with carers.

  1. To ensure that carers and our families do not suffer financial hardship as a result of caring
  2. To ensure that there is sufficient funding so that older and disabled people get the care we need and which is affordable
  3. To ensure carers are able to juggle work and care, returning to work if we wish
  4. To create a more ‘Carer Friendly’ NHS
  5. We are all better prepared for caring and can get support early to look after our own health and wellbeing

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Carers Strategy 2017 – have your say!

The attached email has been forwarded to us by a number of Carers who have received it from Herefordshire Council.  It appears to have been sent to those Carers who attended one of the ‘engagement’ events during March, some of which took place at our Carer groups.

We feel that all Carers should have the right to consult/contribute to a strategy which is going to have an impact on the type of support you will have access to in the future.

‘The strategy focusses on six priorities: under each priority we have identified what we our desired outcomes are for that respective priority – these are based on what we think we can achieve realistically in the current political and financial climate.’

We would also draw your attention to the fact that as a strategic document rather than a solution/delivery document it is surprising that it would appear that the service provider has already been identified i.e. WISH. 

This is a provider of information (using an electronic warehouse) for the whole population of Herefordshire rather than Carer specific information and advice and it may not provide the additional support so often needed at the time of calling which Herefordshire Carers Support.  

We are therefore sending the email on to you so that you have the choice of whether to respond and/or attend the meeting on the 25 May.  You will see that there is a very tight deadline with responses needed by the end of May.  If you have any queries you can either contact the council directly or call us at 01432 356068.

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An accessible election could make a big difference to one million voters with a learning disability


Mencap has produced Easy Read guides for voters, as well as a supporter’s pack including flashcards to help people understand how to vote.

Please share these with people you know. We must make sure everyone is included in this snap election. Every day counts.

To vote in the General Election on 8 June, you need to register by 11:59pm on 22 May. You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered.

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2017/2018 Benefit Rates

Main changes:

  • Many rates of benefit remain frozen due to the Welfare Cap
  • A new benefit- Bereavement Support Payment
  • There is a small increase in disability benefits
  • Pensioner benefits to rise in line with the ‘triple lock’
  • Changes to Universal Credit including a decrease in the earnings taper from 65% to 63%,  removal of the first child element and changes for up to 2 children only
  • Child Tax Credit changes for up to 2 children only and the removal of the family element/ higher child element under Universal Credit
  • The loss of the WRAC component of ESA and equivalent in Universal Credit
  • The reduction in the Benefit Cap for those in London and the larger reductions outside of London
  • The Carer’s Allowance Earnings Rule will be increased from £110 to £116 a week
  • Non-Dependant Deductions (NDDs) will also be up-rated in line with prices

2017/ 2018 Benefit Rates Poster

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Check your home is fire safe!

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17884348_1862423630663517_5438017650940523647_nHereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service provide advice to everyone and for the more vulnerable such as the elderly, people living alone and those with reduced mobility the Service offers a free of charge fire safety check in the home.

As its name suggests, a Home Fire Safety Check involves representatives from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service calling by at your home to offer safety advice specific to your household and personal circumstances.

During the visit, they will check your smoke alarms and install new ones if needed. They will ensure that you are doing all that you can to avoid the risk of a fire in your home and will also help you work out an escape plan in the event of fire.

We would urge anyone who might be vulnerable themselves or knows an elderly family member, friend or neighbour who lives on their own or has reduced mobility who might benefit from a visit, to get in touch using the number below and request one on their behalf.

To see if you qualify for a FREE Home Fire Safety Check contact the Community Risk team on 0800 032 1155 quoting CN14

Note that those doing the Home Fire Safety Checks will always make an appointment in advance of their visit, and will always carry identification which they will be very happy to show you.

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