A Carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age. Many feel they are doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after their mother, son, or best friend and just getting on with it. Carers often do not choose to become carers: it just happens and they have to get on with it; if they did not do it, who would and what would happen to the person they care for?
At the Portland Centre, we are trying to get everyone to understand that Carers need support because:
- Taking on a caring role can mean:
- Facing a life of poverty
- Ill health
- Many carers give up:
- Their income
- Future employment prospects
- Pension rights
- Many carers also:
- Work outside the home
- Juggle their job with their responsibilities as a carer
- The majority of carers
- Struggle alone
- Do not know that help is available to them
- Carers report that their lives would improve if:
- They had better access to information
- Financial support
- Breaks in caring are vital in helping them manage the impact, caring has on their lives.
There are many ways the Portland Centre can help Carers:
- The unique Portland Centre offers a wide range of Services which are overseen by Portland Centre Staff to ensure that Carers are recognised as individuals with changing needs.
- Carers always put their loved one first and often need help to take care of themselves. They often suffer very poor health due to the stress and strain of 24 hour care giving. The Portland Centre can provide Support to help Carers cope
- The Portland Centre Support Workers endeavor to help Carers understand they must seek medical assistance and support for themselves and we will facilitate contact with G.P.'s and Carer Support Groups
- Carers often need to change their working patterns to care for their relatives and require assistance to find work which allows them to successfully juggle their work and caring role. The Portland Centre has a dedicated Team who will help you access Job Sites and who will help you with C.V.'s and application forms
- People who have cared for, sometimes many years, may need help to return to work, if their circumstances change or they are able to arrange a few hours away from home to get some breathing space. The Portland Centre can offer Work Experience for Job Seekers or a few hours Voluntary work to support the work we do or in our Charity Shop
- Be armed with information
- Post-caring, carers may need a great deal support to rebuild a life of their own and reconnect with education, work or a social life and see themselves outside of the identity of being a Carer. At the Portland Centre you will find a warm welcome, with Support Staff who will understand, treat you with kindness and empathy and who will give you time to heal.
The Portland Centre recognises that Carers are unsung heroes who are brave, generous and self-sacrificing.
With an ageing population, the UK will need more care from families and friends in the future. This is an issue that will touch everyone’s life at some point. Carer support should concern everyone.
This is how the Portland Centre can help you
- A Portland Centre staff member will listen to your problem and discuss your options
- We will help you cope with any Caring issues and any other problems, issues or questions that you may have
- We will seek specialist advice if necessary
- If you need extra support, we will accompany you to meetings and appointments
- We will not think you are a terrible or weak person because you are feeling the strain
- Everything you tell us is absolutely confidential, even if you know one of our Workers
- We will continue to support you throughout the journey, you must walk, to it's completion
If you want to talk to us, just call us on 01305 824333 or e-mail us using our contact form or pop in to see a Portland Centre staff member to receive immediate assistance.