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Carers' Rights Day - 26th November 2020

About Carers Rights Day


The theme for Carers Rights Day 2020 is 'Know Your Rights'.


If you care for a family member or friend, it is important that you understand your rights and are able to access the appropriate support as soon as you need it. Each year, Carers Rights Day helps to:

You can learn more by visiting the Carers UK website.


Join Carers Count for our special Carer's Rights Day event!


We have planned a virtual 'Cuppa & Chat' at 1pm to help carers understand their rights and how to access support in Kirklees.


The session will include:

Please click here to book your place!


Find out more about Carers' Rights by watching this brief introduction:


Please take a look at the Carer's Rights edition of our newsletter, 'Count on Us!'




Our organisation has been involved in producing a report, 'Valuing Voices: Protecting rights through the pandemic and beyond'

This is the result of a survey of nearly 450 advocates across the UK. Read it here:


"How can I find support to understand my rights as a carer?"

"Can an advocate help me if I don't know my rights?"


Yes! ‘Advocacy’ is all about people having more control over their own lives. We help people to make their own decisions, speak up about what they want and need, and achieve their own goals. Our work includes supporting people to feel more in control of the health and social care processes they are involved in.


An advocate can help you to find out what your rights are and help you to access all the information you need to make your own informed decisions. You can also learn about carers' rights by watching this video:



If you would like to discuss this further with a member of our team, please contact us. If you are unsure whether to get in touch, you might like to learn more about other carers' experiences by visiting our Carer Stories section.


"What about my rights as a young carer?"


If you are under 18 and look after a family member who has an illness, disability, mental health issue or a drug and/or alcohol problem, you might not realise that you are a young carer. As a young person, you shouldn't be doing everything that an adult carer or a paid care worker would do. You need plenty of time for school, to see friends and to have hobbies. You should feel supported and be able to say how much care you are willing and able to give. You have rights as a young carer. Barnardo's Young Carers Service can help you to understand what these are. Please watch the following video to find out more:


If you know a young person caring for someone with a physical or mental health condition or disability, please contact us for more information on 01484 426100 or check out our website: www.barnardos.org.uk/kirklees-ycs.htm.


The Care Act 2014 - An easy-read guide:



'Looking after someone': information and support for carers in England by Carers UK