Speaking Up secures funding to start advocacy project for unpaid carers

PUBLISHED: 17:15 29 September 2009 | UPDATED: 09:16 02 June 2010

Carer feature22nd September 2009 

New advocacy project for unpaid carers of adults in Cambridgeshire

Speaking Up in Cambridgeshire has received funding from Cambridgeshire County Council to develop an independent, free and confidential advocacy service for adult carers of adults living in the county. The project will link with carers groups initiated by Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire.  This county-wide organisation supports unpaid carers who have a caring commitment to an adult relative, neighbour or friend needing support because of their sickness, age or disability. The funding is for two years.

The recognition that carers have a right to have a life outside of their caring role has been an important development in social care. Issues relating to access to respite care, ongoing support, and access to information have been highlighted as being important to the health and well-being of carers
 
The Carers (Equal Opportunities Act) 2004 entitles carers to have both their care and wider personal needs assessed and considered. The aim is to ensure that carers have access to education, employment, training and leisure opportunities. 

“There’s a real need for advocacy to be available and to be reaching as many people as possible” (carer-Cambridgeshire).

The new service will start in October, across the whole of Cambridgeshire.  Carers can contact Speaking Up directly or be referred by a third party and arrange for advocacy support in their own homes or wherever is convenient to them. 

For more information about the project, please contact Reiz Evans, Advocacy Service Manager: reiz.evans@speakingup.org or call 01223 555800
 
Note to Editors

Speaking Up is a dynamic national award winning advocacy charity. Started in 1994, it is driven by a powerful vision of the society where people with disabilities or in vulnerable positions have a voice and active members of society.

This is our mission:

Voice
We enable people who experience learning difficulties, mental ill health or other disabilities to find their voice and shape their own lives.

Action
We create positive choices for disabled people, by helping organisations to understand their needs and representing their views or supporting them to speak for themselves.

Change
We lead society towards recognising disabled people as equal and valued citizens with the same choices and opportunities as everyone else.

For further information, please contact the following: 

Name:		Reiz Evans
Phone: 		01223 555800
Email: 		reiz.evans@speakingup.org 
Address: 		Speaking Up, Mount Pleasant House, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0RN
Website: 		www.speakingup.org

Carer feature22nd September 2009 New advocacy project for unpaid carers of adults in Cambridgeshire Speaking Up in Cambridgeshire has received funding from Cambridgeshire County Council to develop an independent, free and confidential advocacy service for adult carers of adults living in the county. The project will link with carers groups initiated by Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire. This county-wide organisation supports unpaid carers who have a caring commitment to an adult relative, neighbour or friend needing support because of their sickness, age or disability. The funding is for two years. The recognition that carers have a right to have a life outside of their caring role has been an important development in social care. Issues relating to access to respite care, ongoing support, and access to information have been highlighted as being important to the health and well-being of carers The Carers (Equal Opportunities Act) 2004 entitles carers to have both their care and wider personal needs assessed and considered. The aim is to ensure that carers have access to education, employment, training and leisure opportunities. “There’s a real need for advocacy to be available and to be reaching as many people as possible” (carer-Cambridgeshire). The new service will start in October, across the whole of Cambridgeshire. Carers can contact Speaking Up directly or be referred by a third party and arrange for advocacy support in their own homes or wherever is convenient to them. For more information about the project, please contact Reiz Evans, Advocacy Service Manager: reiz.evans@speakingup.org or call 01223 555800 Note to Editors Speaking Up is a dynamic national award winning advocacy charity. Started in 1994, it is driven by a powerful vision of the society where people with disabilities or in vulnerable positions have a voice and active members of society. This is our mission: Voice We enable people who experience learning difficulties, mental ill health or other disabilities to find their voice and shape their own lives. Action We create positive choices for disabled people, by helping organisations to understand their needs and representing their views or supporting them to speak for themselves. Change We lead society towards recognising disabled people as equal and valued citizens with the same choices and opportunities as everyone else. For further information, please contact the following: Name: Reiz Evans Phone: 01223 555800 Email: reiz.evans@speakingup.org Address: Speaking Up, Mount Pleasant House, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0RN Website: www.speakingup.org

A NEW advocacy project for unpaid carers in Cambridgeshire starts next month. Speaking Up, a national advocacy charity, has received two years of funding to develop an independent, free and confidential advocacy service for the carers of adults. The proje

A NEW advocacy project for unpaid carers in Cambridgeshire starts next month.

Speaking Up, a national advocacy charity, has received two years of funding to develop an independent, free and confidential advocacy service for the carers of adults.

The project will link with carers groups, initiated by Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire. This county-wide organisation supports unpaid carers who have a caring commitment to an adult relative, neighbour or friend.

The Carers (Equal Opportunities Act) 2004 entitles carers to have both their care and wider personal needs assessed and considered. The aim is to ensure that carers have access to education, employment, training and leisure opportunities.

Carers can contact Speaking Up directly, or be referred by a third party.

CONTACT: Reiz Evans, Advocacy Service Manager, on 01223 555800 or email reiz.evans@speakingup.org.


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