Dudley Carers Alliance is a partnership of Dudley borough organisations (including Dudley Council, Dudley CCG, Dudley Group of Hospitals, voluntary and other organisations)) that provides a new one stop shop for carers. Expert information, advice and guidance are available to support and empower all carers, irrespective of age or circumstance.
Help on offer includes:
Financial help and options for practical support
Support with getting time to yourself
Advice on keeping healthy and well
Support to feel less stressed
Guidance on planning for the future
Don’t struggle through the maze of advice and information, contact Dudley Carers Alliance for expert, impartial help and advice on 01384 818723.
This support is provided by Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust. See their website www.dwmh.nhs.uk for information about the the services they provide and how you can access their services. There are also a number of voluntary agencies which provide support for carers of people with mental health problems through carers groups and 1-1 support.
There are a large number of carers groups across the Borough as well as other groups which are not carer specific but which welcome carers. Some of them have group meetings, others organise social events, some are based around a particular interest. For example we have a Carers Writing Group and a Family History Group. Some of the organisations have paid carers support workers, others are completely carer run. Some of these organisations are funded by the local authority and/or the Clinical commissioning Group, others receive funding from other sources such as the Lottery and through a programme of fundraising. You can find these groups in the Community Information Directory.
Headway Black Country aim to provide support and information for adults over 18 years with an acquired brain injury, their families and/or carers and now hold monthly Carers Support Groups.
For further information, visit the website by clicking on the link above or contact Kerry Foster - 01384 869961.
In addition you can look at our community information directory for hundreds of other groups and activities that you, and the person you support might enjoy.
If you are looking for information about Carers Rights at work there are two new publications available from Skills for Care - Carers Matter a guide for employers and Balancing Work and Care a guide for carers.
If you are planning to return to work but feel that you need assistance you may be able to get advice and support from Jobcentre Plus. They do tend to focus on people receiving means tested benefits and can, in some cases help with the costs of alternative care for example replacement care or telecare while taking part in training or other activities arranged with a Jobcentre Plus personal adviser.