Carers’ Week from 11 – 17 June is an annual campaign highlighting the challenges carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
Local charity Carers Support Centre provides a range of services to carers of any age in Bristol and South Gloucestershire – including the Carers’ Emergency Card for those who look after a friend or family member who couldn’t manage without their help.
Some 4,500 local carers are already using the card and it is free to register. It shows their name, a unique identification number and an emergency phone number.
If a carer has an accident or emergency or is taken seriously ill – the card can be used to alert a 24 hour emergency call centre that the person they care for needs help. Steps are then taken to ensure the safety of the person cared for.
One carer who signed up to the scheme said: “Carrying a Carers’ Emergency Card gives me great confidence, particularly when I’m out and about. I know that if something happened to me unexpectedly my son would be checked on.”
As well as providing this essential response, the card can also be used to access discounts at local leisure and retail outlets as well as participating cafes and restaurants.
Cardholders are entitled to discounts at some of the leading local venues and attractions, such as Bristol Zoo, M-Shed, BristolAquarium, and many local barbers, greengrocers and other shops.
For a full list of benefits and details of how to apply, visit www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk or call CarersLine on 0117 9652200.