Unpaid carers are urged to apply for their carer passport to ensure they can receive the right advice and support and are recognised for their valuable role within our communities.
Since the identity card scheme was launched eight months ago, more than 4,000 have been issued to unpaid carers in Leicestershire.
Now Leicestershire County Council is encouraging those unpaid carers who do not have one to come forward and be recognised.
The passport was developed as a response to the difficulties and challenges which carers face, often daily.
It offers an aid to identification for carers which is vital in ensuring they receive the help and support they need in their caring role. This has been particularly important during the pandemic.
Caring will touch each of us in some way during our lifetime, whether we become a carer or need care ourselves.
And whilst caring can be a rewarding experience, we recognise it can also have a huge impact on a person’s health, finances and relationships.
To mark Carers Week 2021, we want to remind the unpaid and often unseen carers in our local communities to come forward and register for a carers passport with our Support for Carers Service who offer invaluable advice, information and peer support to unpaid carers across the county.Person:Christine Radford, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for adults and communities
The carers passport is recognised across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and is supported by VASL - Leicestershire Support for Carers and their partners in the city and Rutland.
Kerry Turnbull, Support for Carers service manager, said: “I’m delighted that since the launch of the carer passport in November 2020 over 4,000 passports have been issued to unpaid carers in Leicestershire and I want to thank the team at Support for Carers for all their hard work and dedication.
“But we are determined to reach out to as many unidentified carers as possible to provide them with support they need.”
To apply for a carer passport, or for more information, please contact Support for Carers on 01858 468543 or visit: www.supportforcarers.org