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CAB Outreach

The CAB offer help at a variety of locations throughout Bracknell Forest. Free, confidential advice. Whoever you are…, covering issues such as debt, benefits, family issues, taxes, housing, employment, and good & services.

Visit them in: Ascot, Bracknell, Crowthorne, Sandhurst and Sunninghill.

CAB outreach leaflet

Self Care Week 2019

Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on providing support for self care across communities and families, this year it runs from the 18 to 24th November 2019.

This year East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group are focusing on 5 key areas:

Blood Pressure
Flu vaccination
Self-Management Courses
Mental Health and Loneliness

Please visit their website to find out more.

Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS) are raising awareness of self care and asking people to think about their own care by use the right service at the right time.

Christmas Craft for Carers

Christmas decoration craft session for family and unpaid carers, materials and refreshments supplied.

When: Thursday 12th December 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Where: Forget-me-Knot, 9 Wildridings Square, Bracknell, RG12 7SJ.

Places are limited so please contact 01344 266088 to book your place.

Event Poster.

Carers Rights Day 2019

Supporting carer health and wellbeing in the workplace

Carers UK and Employers for Carers (EfC) are conducting a research survey of employers to explore the subject of carer health and wellbeing in the workplace, including physical, emotional and mental health. They want to gather insights to inform future work with employers to better support carers in the workplace.

Carers UK are inviting employers to participate; this survey is for companies and organisations of all sizes in all sectors, and can be completed by an MD, an HR professional or an owner/ manager as appropriate. The survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey closes Friday 29 November.


Our outreach

When you are caring, getting the right information at the right time can make all the difference.

Carers Rights Day is on 21st November 2019.

Our Mobile Information Bus will be parked at Pye’s Acre Car Park, Sandhurst, GU47 9DP, from 9am to 5pm, please drop in for a coffee and a chat with us. No need to let us know your coming.



Today is Carers’ Rights Day, when thousands of organisations across the country help carers to find out about and understand their rights and what support they can access. The event is led by Carers UK and supported by carers’ charities and organisations, big and small.

Carers make an enormous contribution to our health and care system and to our society, and the selfless way that millions of carers provide care and support of all kinds to their friends and relatives deserves special appreciation. Since the implementation of the Care Act in 2015, carers have more rights than ever before. The Act gave carers parity with the people they care for through new entitlements to an assessment of their needs, support to meet their eligible needs, and information and advice. We know there is much to do to embed good practice and raise awareness of carers’ rights, and make sure carers know where to go for help and feel able to ask for it. That is what Carers’ Rights Day is all about.

Looking after someone? Know your rights
Most of us will provide care at some point in our lives to ill or disabled loved ones. Whether caring affects your family gradually or suddenly, it is common to feel unprepared. Rules on benefits and the social care system can feel like a confusing maze. Without the right advice and information, it is easy to miss out on the financial and practical support you are entitled to. That’s why organisations up and down the country take part in Carers Rights Day, to reach out to the UK’s 6.5 million carers with information, advice and support. Here is a taster, with the top three steps everyone who is looking after a disabled, ill or older loved one should take to find out about their entitlements.

1. Get a benefits check
Carer’s Allowance is the main carers’ benefit – offering a small income now and National Insurance contributions towards your State Pension if you have given up work to care. But not everyone is eligible for the benefit, so make sure you get a full benefits check to see what other financial support you may be entitled to. Other support might include council tax discounts (but not in Northern Ireland, tax credits or help with fuel costs. For information on the financial support available, visit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you live in Bracknell Forest or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you live in the Borough of Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead or visit the Turn2us website ( or ring your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

2. Find out about practical support
You may need practical support to help you care, like short breaks, equipment to help make caring easier or information about local groups that can help. All carers are entitled to a carer’s assessment from their local council which could lead to them, or the person they are caring for, getting social care services to help with caring. The assessment will look at how caring affects your life, including your physical, mental and emotional needs, and whether you are able or willing to carry on caring. Contact your local council/trust social services department for a carer’s assessment or visit for more information.

3.Carers and Employment rights
Working parents of children with disabilities (under the age of 18) have the right to request flexible working arrangements. You also have a statutory right to ask your employer for flexible working if you care for an adult who is a relative or lives at the same address as you.

4. Connect with other carers
Caring can be isolating. When we’re looking after someone, it’s not always easy to find people who really know what caring is like and are able to give us help and understanding. There are carer support groups across the UK that can help you meet other carers, as well as access local advice and support. Signal4Carers website has a directory of local services at

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