What We Do
Warrington Carers Hub provides a single point of access for all carers including young and adult carers in the borough of Warrington.
The Hub exists to ensure that carers of all ages have access to information, advice and a wide range of support services which are designed to help carers continue in their caring role for as long as they choose, reducing the impact the caring role can have on their own health and wellbeing.
Support available includes:
- Specialist 1-2-1 and group support including during transition and through hospital discharge
- Information, advice and guidance
- Support to access community and health and wellbeing services
- Support with contingency planning, including Carers Emergency Card
- Regular Newsletters detailing local Carers’ Coffee and Chat groups, activities, training courses and much more
- Information and support to take a break from the caring role
- A 24/7 Volunteer Carers Help and Talk (CHAT) Line
- Access to digital Carers Community Network
- Volunteering opportunities for carers, including volunteering for the CHAT Line and PenPals
- Support for former carers
- Carers’ Awareness Briefings to other professionals aiming to increase the number of hidden carers identified and supported in Warrington
For young carers we can also:
- Help carers and families think about what would make the difference
- Provide Peer Support with other young carers
- Help young carers have a voice
- Access support in school and college
- Help to take a break from their caring role
Who is a Carer
A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid care, for a few hours a day or round the clock, to a friend or relative who could not manage without their support. The care they give may be due to age, illness, disability, mental health problems, or substance misuse.
Carers’ lives are often complex - many have other commitments as well as their caring role, such as work or school, and sometimes they live with the person they care for or sometimes they call in to help. These situations can create challenges which may impact on carers’ financial or educational opportunities, as well as their own health and wellbeing.
Carers sometimes do not realise they are a ‘carer’ and feel they are simply being kind, by looking after a family member or friend. Carers provide huge benefits to the person they care for, as well as wider benefits to the health and social care system by providing a free, essential support service.