Carers Leeds https://www.carersleeds.org.uk Supporting unpaid carers Fri, 20 Dec 2019 12:18:14 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cropped-CARERS_LEEDS_ICON_COLOUR-21-1-32x32.png Carers Leeds https://www.carersleeds.org.uk 32 32 Who will speak for you when you can’t speak for yourself? https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/who-will-speak-for-you-when-you-cant-speak-for-yourself/ https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/who-will-speak-for-you-when-you-cant-speak-for-yourself/#respond Mon, 30 Dec 2019 11:00:46 +0000 https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/?p=27566 Only a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) gives you the peace of mind and legal ability to give those you trust power to make decisions when you can’t.

Emma Quarshie, who is in her 60s and retired, thought she could automatically manage her parent’s affairs. Emma’s parents both died in their 60s and her father didn’t leave a will. This caused a lot of problems for Emma’s family with solicitors and the legal system, and as a result she didn’t want her sons to bear the same burden if anything happened to her.
“You never know what’s going to happen tomorrow, so it’s important to seriously think about it,” Emma said.

How does an LPA work? 
An LPA makes it easier for the people you trust to support you and, if needed, act for you when you may need it most. It could be temporary help to cover a short hospital stay, or longer-term support to manage decisions around your health and care or accessing bank accounts.
An LPA lets people you trust quickly, easily and legally step in to help you. An LPA not only gives you a voice – it protects your choices.

Emma chose two sons to be the ones to act on her behalf if she needs help in the future. “You can decide who can have power of attorney, what you want them to do for you and it’s all about empowering the people you trust to make the right decisions.”

An LPA costs £82 but gives peace of mind.
You might think that setting up an LPA is expensive, time consuming and requires a solicitor. You can choose to use a solicitor if you wish, but it’s not a requirement, and it’s easy to apply on GOV.UK with step-by-step support. Depending on your circumstances you might be able to get it for a reduced price or for free.
If you’re having difficulty or don’t have access to a computer, you can contact the Office of the Public Guardian for help and they can arrange to send the forms in the post for you to fill out by hand.
Emma chose to use paper forms and found that “the process was smoother and easier than I thought. It was cheaper than I thought too.”

There are two different types of LPA.
1. Finances – covering running your bank account, paying your bills and collecting your pension.
2. Health and care – covering your medical treatment and living conditions.

“When you’re sick, you can’t make these decisions and by then it’s too late. Then you’re backwards and forwards with lawyers,”
says Emma. “There’s a taboo (in minority ethnic communities) that talking about (old age or illness) tempts fate but you never know what could happen down the line.”

For more information visit: powerofattorney.campaign.gov.uk or telephone the Office of the Public Guardian on 0300 456 0300.

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We’re officially awesome… we’ve got a certificate that says so! We’ve been awarded excellence in advice quality for another two years 🎉 https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/were-officially-awesome-weve-got-a-certificate-that-says-so-weve-been-awarded-excellence-in-advice-quality-for-another-two-years-%f0%9f%8e%89/ https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/were-officially-awesome-weve-got-a-certificate-that-says-so-weve-been-awarded-excellence-in-advice-quality-for-another-two-years-%f0%9f%8e%89/#respond Fri, 20 Dec 2019 11:50:21 +0000 https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/were-officially-awesome-weve-got-a-certificate-that-says-so-weve-been-awarded-excellence-in-advice-quality-for-another-two-years-%f0%9f%8e%89/ We’re officially awesome… we’ve got a certificate that says so! We’ve been awarded excellence in advice quality for another two years 🎉

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CEO end of year message https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/ceo-end-of-year-message/ https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/ceo-end-of-year-message/#respond Fri, 20 Dec 2019 09:05:43 +0000 https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/?p=27465 As we see 2019 draw to a close and we reflect on a year of progress, challenges and everything in between, it strikes me just how similar my ‘day job’ is to my caring role. Full of hope, pride and enthusiasm but also feel every bump in the road so deeply. And my, I’ve had some bumps this year!

Switching off at the end of your day isn’t possible for working carers but it’s the good days that get you through. It’s the hope that the person you care for will be ok until you see them next. It’s the joy when you see them smile. And on the days we struggle, it lightens my heart to know the team here at Carers Leeds will get you through it.

Throughout the year carers have shared their views of our service with me and hearing our team referred to as ‘a lifeline’, making people feel that are ‘not alone’ and that ‘there’s always someone to talk to’ makes me feel privileged to lead this team.

My hope, pride and enthusiasm for every carer in Leeds remains strong, and together, Carers Leeds will continue to fight your corner, give you a voice, and make Leeds the best city for carers.
Val Hewison – CEO

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Our Festive sing a long has begun. Join us at @leedsmarket to hear our fantastic choir https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/our-festive-sing-a-long-has-begun-join-us-at-leedsmarket-to-hear-our-fantastic-choir/ https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/our-festive-sing-a-long-has-begun-join-us-at-leedsmarket-to-hear-our-fantastic-choir/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 13:02:07 +0000 https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/our-festive-sing-a-long-has-begun-join-us-at-leedsmarket-to-hear-our-fantastic-choir/ Our Festive sing a long has begun. Join us at @leedsmarket to hear our fantastic choir

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Caring doesn’t stop for Christmas so to keep you informed, connected and supported, our fab volunteers are currently addressing over 10,000 envelopes to ensure you get the next Carers News. To get your copy, visit our website. https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/caring-doesnt-stop-for-christmas-so-to-keep-you-informed-connected-and-supported-our-fab-volunteers-are-currently-addressing-over-10000-envelopes-to-ensure-you-get-the-next-carers-news-to-get-yo/ https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/caring-doesnt-stop-for-christmas-so-to-keep-you-informed-connected-and-supported-our-fab-volunteers-are-currently-addressing-over-10000-envelopes-to-ensure-you-get-the-next-carers-news-to-get-yo/#respond Mon, 16 Dec 2019 11:37:16 +0000 https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/caring-doesnt-stop-for-christmas-so-to-keep-you-informed-connected-and-supported-our-fab-volunteers-are-currently-addressing-over-10000-envelopes-to-ensure-you-get-the-next-carers-news-to-get-yo/ Caring doesn’t stop for Christmas so to keep you informed, connected and supported, our fab volunteers are currently addressing over 10,000 envelopes to ensure you get the next Carers News. To get your copy, visit our website.

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Is Leeds age proud? https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/is-leeds-age-proud/ https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/is-leeds-age-proud/#respond Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:56:19 +0000 https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/?p=27627 I have been fortunate over the last 4 years to be involved in the Time To Shine project in Leeds. Time To Shine is part of the Big Lottery Ageing Better programme, with the aim of reducing social isolation and loneliness amongst older people. In recognition of the social isolation experienced by many older carers, Time To Shine funds our very successful Carers Connections Project.

In October, Time To Shine launched its Age Proud Leeds campaign- a campaign to raise awareness of ageism, change negative attitudes about ageing and older people and challenge age discrimination. Start looking around you and you become aware that negative attitudes about older people are everywhere and age discrimination seems to be very socially acceptable, if not acceptable in law.
As part of the Time To Shine work, Age and Dementia Friendly Leeds campaigns are also running. These aim to raise awareness but also make structures and services more accessible to older people, people with dementia and their carers. Many carers who use our service will be only too aware of how difficult it can be to go out with your family member with dementia and feel you can relax and be accepted by the people around you. These campaigns are trying to change these attitudes.

Carers Leeds supports this vital and innovative work and we’ve been pleased to see that a new guide for businesses and organisations in Leeds on how to become age and dementia friendly has been published. This is available on their website: timetoshineleeds.org and copies will be available from the Time To Shine office 0113 244 1697.
Helena Bladon, Development Manager

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All smiles for the start of our carers champion meeting with Leeds adult social care https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/all-smiles-for-the-start-of-our-carers-champion-meeting-with-leeds-adult-social-care/ https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/all-smiles-for-the-start-of-our-carers-champion-meeting-with-leeds-adult-social-care/#respond Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:37:13 +0000 https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/all-smiles-for-the-start-of-our-carers-champion-meeting-with-leeds-adult-social-care/ All smiles for the start of our carers champion meeting with Leeds adult social care

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Today we launched an employers guide to supporting working carers. Download your free copy from our website today. https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/today-we-launched-an-employers-guide-to-supporting-working-carers-download-your-free-copy-from-our-website-today/ https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/today-we-launched-an-employers-guide-to-supporting-working-carers-download-your-free-copy-from-our-website-today/#respond Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:53:21 +0000 https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/today-we-launched-an-employers-guide-to-supporting-working-carers-download-your-free-copy-from-our-website-today/

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