Unpaid Carers Project
To provide immediate holistic person centered advice, information and representation to Unpaid carers & support to colleagues working with unpaid carers and where necessary, refer and support clients to access appropriate advice agencies. The advice and representation offered will focus on the consequences of the Welfare reform Act and the economic downturn – seeking to resolve the practical barriers and stressors that impact on Unpaid Carers, primarily (but not exclusively) Money, Benefits, Debt, and Housing. This new innovative service to the Unpaid Carers community will: support income maximisation & represent clients at Social Security Appeal Tribunals and Disability Appeal tribunals.
The project will also support the cared for person, as it is proven that offering the same level of support to the cared for person benefits the carer. Please get in touch to see what support is available to help you carry on in your vital role. Organisations are welcome to make contact, to discuss collaborative working or how to make direct referrals.
Some examples of work includes: Representing a cared for person with their appointee at Tribunal, Applying for respite holiday funding, Support with energy costs and Funding for Disability related equipment.
Project worker: Martin Roberts - Former volunteer advisor, with a legal background and holder of an LLB(hons) Law degree from Stirling University. A passion for Disability Advocacy then lead to a Masters in LLM International Human Rights Law and Practice which involved a placement with the United Nations. Martin has experience in Disability Advocacy and a range of health conditions, where possible support will be offered through grant applications or referrals to help manage living with a disability. Please see Unpaid Carers leaflet for more information.
Important: An Unpaid Carer can only refer themselves to the project. If you would like support for your cared-for person please complete the referral for yourself. An initial conversation can then be had around the situation, and consent from the cared-for person can be sought.