Kingston Carer's Network
Kingston Carers’ Network provides a wide range of services to carers of all ages, including young carers and young adult carers.
We are currently supporting 2,100 carers, 438 of these are aged 5 to 18.
Our services include: information, advice and advocacy. We Assist with applications for benefits, allowances and lasting powers of attorney. We ensure that carers have access to carers’ assessments, and advice on health and community care, employment, housing, respite care etc.
We provide outreach advice sessions in GP surgeries and in Kingston Hospital.
We also provide respite breaks, a wellbeing programme, counselling and complementary therapies.
KCN aims to ensure that carers:
- Enjoy good physical and emotional health and wellbeing
- Are recognised and respected as expert care partners
- Are given information about services and support available to carers
- Are listened to and supported by providing a ‘listening ear’
- Have a life outside of caring through engaging in activities, outings and social events
- Are well-informed and know about their rights, benefits and allowances
- Have support to access benefits and allowances
- Can access training and information to meet their caring needs
- Receive regular support through groups and drop-ins
- Get equal access to services
- Are encouraged to recognise their own needs and to get their status acknowledged
- Are kept informed of national and local policies that affect carers
- Are consulted and have input to service planning and delivery
- Children and young people will be protected from inappropriate caring and have the support they need to learn, develop and thrive and to enjoy positive childhoods.
What’s our role as a Strategic Lead Partner for Carers?
We provide a conduit for other carer organisations and carers. We facilitate the Voice of Carers Forum and sit on the Carers Board. We circulate information that relates to carers to the relevant carer organisations.
We were involved in shaping the local Carers Strategy to ensure an evidence based approach. We have updated this for the Carers Board.
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