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Carers groups and forums

Carers groups exist to provide carers with an opportunity to meet with other carers for mutual support and to share tips and advice. There are many carers groups in Birmingham and Solihull, some specific to mental health and others that are generic for all carers.

Carers forums allow carers to meet other carers and jointly express their views on the services offered both to carers and those that they care for. At these forums there will usually be some presentation on issues of current concern to carers and representatives of local health and social care services will attend to address any comments or questions.

The following contact details will help you to find a carers group that is suited to your geographical location, caring role and time of day or week:

Carers groups and forums

Birmingham Carers Hub          

0333 006 9711  

www.birminghamcarershub.org.uk  

Email addresses: Referrals

info@birminghamcarershub.org.uk

referral@birminghamcarershub.org.uk

The hub offers a wide range of services including Information, advice and support to people who care for friends and family with disabilities. Includes free advice on  welfare benefits, form filling, 1:1 appointments on request, assistance to help carers to access grants, social services, equipment, finance, care homes, home care, holidays and leisure.

Appointments available at the anyone of the four Birmingham City Council  Centres and by referrals from the GP surgeries

CERS

Birmingham Carers Emergency Response Service

0121 442 2960

CERS is a FREE emergency back up service to provide support to those caring for a dependent family member, neighbour or friend living in Birmingham. Once registered, a highly trained team member will assess your caring situation and agree an emergency back-up plan. You’ll receive a dedicated emergency contact number for times of crisis so CERS can spring into action when you need them most.  They can provide support for up to 48 hours (72 hours on Bank Holidays), after which, longer term care can be arranged if necessary.

Birmingham Adult Social Care

 

0121 303 1234

www.mycareinbirmingham.org.uk  

Citizens Advice Bureau (Birmingham)

03444 77 1010 (Information Helpline) 9.30 - 16.30 Monday to Friday OR for Deaf/Hard HearingTextphone Adviceline Number: 18001 03444 111445

www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Birmingham MIND

0121 608  8001

www.birminghammind.org

DISC (Dementia Information and Support for Carers)

0121 607 1828

www.sandwellcrossroads.org/disc-home

DISC is a service offered in Birmingham and is specifically for carers of people with confusion and memory problems and is part of Crossroads Care Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

 

 

 


Solihull Carers Hub and Solihull Young

Carers

0121 788  1143

www.solihullcarers.org  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solihull Carers Centre offers a telephone support line which includes emotional support, advice and information and signposting to additional organisations.  They also carry out carer’s assessments and reviews.

 

Solihull Young Carers offers one to one support, advice, help to find other services that can support young carers.

 

The Young Adult Carers Team is a new service which offers activities, training, advice and guidance to Young Adult Carers aged 18-25 years. We provide free and confidential information, advice and guidance, as well as holding one to one and group support sessions.

 

Solihull Social Care

 

0121 704 8007

Email: connectcc@solihull.gov.uk

www.solihull.gov.uk

 

Citizens Advice Bureau (Solihull)

 

Local – 0121 704 7810

(Monday to Friday – 10.00am to 14.30pm)

National – 03 444 111 444

(Monday to Friday – 10.00am to 16.00pm)

www.casb.org.uk

Solihull Mind

 

0121 742 4941

Email: contact@solihullmind.org.uk

www.solihullmind.org.uk

 

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service

0300 5000 927

 Mon-Fri 9.30am to 4pm

Email: advice@rethink.org

www.rethink.org

Carers Uk        

 

0808 808 7777

advice@carersuk.org

www.carersuk.org

Mental Health Foundation

 

020 7803 1100

info@mental health.org.uk

www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Alzheimers' Society

 

0800 222 11 22 

www.alzheimers.org.uk

Dementia UK

 

0800 888 6678  

www.dementiauk.org

Age UK

 

0800 169 6565

www.ageuk.org.uk

Carers Trust

 

0844 800 4361

www.carers.org




PohWer Advocacy

 

0300 456 2370

www.pohwer.net/birmingham

Voiceability

Independent Care Act Advocacy

 

0121 222 6327  

www.voiceability.org/birmingham

Solihull Advocacy

0121 706 4696

Email: office@solihulladvocacy.org.uk

www.solihulladvocacy.org.uk


Mencap Wills and Trusts service

 

0207 696 6925

www.mencap.org.uk/willsandtrusts

Penderels Trust

(trust funds and financial planning information)

 

0845 0500 862

Email:

enquires@penderelstrust.org.uk

www.penderelstrust.org.uk

Money Advice Service

 

0800 138 7777  

www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

Office of the Public Guardian

PO Box 16185
Birmingham
B2 2WH

Email:

customerservices@publicguardian.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone 0300 456 0300

Rethink Trust Corporation

(discretionary trusts)

0300 222 5702

Email: rtc@rethink.org

www.rethink.org