All carers are entitled to an assessment of their needs, this is quite separate from the assessment of the person they care for.
Further information here
Carers Personal Budgets
Carers Network can help you to make an application for the Carers Personal Budget.
Further information here
Carers Break Scheme No Longer Available
This is the grant towards a break or an item that used to be available every 2 years. These weren’t included in the specification for the new service and we have now been informed by the City of Westminster Council that funds will not be available for the Carers Break Scheme.
If you need financial support in your caring role please get in touch and we will do our best to help you.
You may be eligible for a Carers Personal Budget (depending on your needs in a Carers Assessment), or there may be other ways we can help.
You could also check out the turn2us benefits calculator and grants search tool here: www.turn2us.org.uk/Find-Benefits-Grants
Support Groups and Drop-ins for Westminster Carers
Carers Network is committed to encouraging carers to gain confidence, make their own choices and support each other. Our vision is to support carers to support each other and lead their own groups. This way we ‘create’ a larger number of social meetings and events, reaching an increased number of carers and empower carers to peer support.
Carers of people with mental illness:
Second Tuesday of every month 5:30pm-7:30pm Wandsworth and Westminster Mind, Hopkinson House, 6 Osbert Street, SW1P 2QU. In partnership with Wandsworth and Westminster Mind.
Carers of people with dementia:
Third Thursday of every month 3pm-5pm at The Westbourne Park Day Centre, 42 Westbourne Park Road, London, W2 5PH (PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE). Map.
In partnership with Resonate Arts. Also open to the person you look after – booking in advance is essential, please call 020 8960 3033.
Carers of people with disabilities:
Last Tuesday of every month 10:30am-12:30pm. The Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities, 16a Croxley Road, W9 3HL. In partnership with The Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities.
Open to all carers:
Last Wednesday of every month, 2:30pm-4:30pm Costa, 83 Salusbury Road, NW6 6NH.
Drop-ins at Advice Shop:
Drop in to see us at an advice surgery (no appointment needed):
Mondays 2pm-4pm at the Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, W10 4JL
Wednesdays* 10:30am – 12:30pm at Church Street Library, 67 Church Street, NW8 8EU (*apart from 1st Wednesday of month).
Thursdays 10am-12pm at Churchill Hall, Churchill Gardens, SW1V 3AL
Visit the Carers Network calendar here
End of Life Carers Project
Carers Network’s new project provides a specialist and dedicated service for carers looking after someone approaching the end of their life.
Former Carers Project
Carers Network’s Former Carers Project will support people whose caring role has come to an end. It is set up specifically to provide advice, guidance and support to former unpaid carers as they explore the viable options available to them after their caring role has ended.
Find out more information here