- Are you a good listener?
- Do you have some insight into the issues faced by unpaid family carers, or would you be prepared to learn?
- Do you have a few hours free every week?
We are looking to recruit some more Volunteer Telephone Befrienders. You’d be asked to ring a handful of carers, who are all looking after a friend or loved one, at roughly the same time each week just to see how they’re getting on.
Our Telephone Befriending Service is valued by carers across Leicestershire who feel isolated in their caring position. Maybe they have no other family to talk to about their caring role, maybe they find it easier to talk to someone ‘neutral’, maybe they would just like a new friend.
Full training and ongoing support are given, and expenses reimbursed.
For more details please email [email protected] or phone her on 01858 468543.
The census is taking place on Sunday 21 March 2021 and we want to ensure that everyone looking after someone else identifies as an unpaid carer when completing their form. This is hugely important because the census provides a vital opportunity for the number of carers, and their caring situations, to be officially recognised and better understood.
Census 2021 will inform decisions on services that shape our communities, such as healthcare, education and transport, and it also provides a more accurate and up to date figure for the number of carers in the UK. Census findings are used widely by national and local government and many others – including national and local carers organisations.
The opportunity to complete the census only comes around once every 10 years in England and Wales and these figures will provide a very important update.
There is a specific question (question 24 in England and Wales) which asks whether you look after, or give help or support to someone else – and the number of hours per week that you care for.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law and information published is always anonymous.
Census 2021 will be the first digital-first census.
You will receive information from the ONS about filling in the census, but if you need help or have any questions, visit [url=http://www.census.gov.ukS]http://www.census.gov.ukS[/url]
At VASL Support for Carers we're looking to recruit a sixth team member. It's a 30 hour fixed term post for a Carers Wellbeing Officer, and the salary is 20-22k pro rata. For full information and how to apply, please phone Kerry Turnbull, Carers Services Manager on 01858 468543 or visit our sister website [url=http://www.vasl.org.uk]http://www.vasl.org.uk[/url] and look for "Latest Vacancies"
We warmly invite you to join our Census Forum over Zoom
Monday 15th February, 11am – 12 noon
Guest Speaker: Christopher Leedham, Census Engagement Manager
Chris will talk about the history of the census, why it is important, questions you can expect to be asked and how your data is kept safe.
The code has been emailed to all registered carers; if you have not received it please contact [email protected]
While we are still unable to meet in person, Support for Carers is pleased to be able to offer carers a “face to face” appointment over Zoom with one of our Carers Wellbeing Officers. To book a slot, please telephone 01858 468543 between 9-5 weekdays or email [email protected].
We can support anyone caring for a friend or family member aged 18+ in Leicestershire.
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