Carers

Carers

UCI has been commissioned to identify hidden and hard-to-reach Carers across Dumfries and Galloway, to ensure that they aware of their rights, and have access to appropriate benefits and supports.

A Carer is anybody who provides unpaid care to a friend or family member who has a mental or physical illness, disability or an addiction. Carers might be hard to reach because of geographical location or protected characteristics. In addition, a significant number of people with caring responsibilities do not recognise themselves as Carers. These people are known as ‘hidden Carers’. As hidden Carers are not in receipt of services, they are often unaware of their rights and the sources of support that are available to them.

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 came into effect on 1 April 2018 and includes a number of provisions to ensure that Carers are better supported to continue in their caring role in good health and well-being, and have a life alongside of caring. Caring can be mentally and physically demanding, and it is important that Carers are aware of the care and support that is available to allow them to sustain their caring role.

For information on your rights and the services available to you as a Carer, please contact Crawford Little on 01387 255330 or crawfordlittle@userandcarer.co.uk