We offer numerous services and support for carers and their families including:
Age Specific Support
This includes projects for adult carers, parent carers, young carers and young adult carers (aged 14-25).
Our support workers can attend meetings with you, contact other organisations who may also be able to help support you and also act on your behalf with your consent.
Carers’ Awareness Training
Training can be given by Blackpol Carers’ staff, to groups and organisations on carers issues and services available to help them.
Courses and Activities
A variety of courses and activities for carers and loved ones are arranged throughout the year
Carers of all ages are invited to participate in a variety of consultations to help make sure our organisation delivers the services you need.
If you’re feeling lonely, isolated, anxious and frustrated and seem to struggle with understanding why you feel like this then counselling may be for you.
Carers can access counselling free-of-charge.
Please be advised that there is a waiting list for this service.
Dementia Awareness Training
We host FREE four weekly courses to help you care for someone with dementia.
Our courses also allow the cared for to attend and participate in stimulating activities, alleviating the need to find respite.
Emergency Action Plans
Young and adult carers are given details of what to do and who to contact in the case of an emergency.
Family Focus Project (Out of Hours)
The Family Focus Project works with families where a parent or carer is experiencing substance (drug or alcohol) misuse issues or problems. Our service works with the whole family, offering intensive support to all members of your household.
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Our friendly, NHS trained footcare technician provides a full footcare service throughout the Fylde Coast. Treatments consist of a full foot assessment, foot bath, toe nail cutting and treatment of callouses and a gently, relaxing foot massage.
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Hand in Hand Project (support for Parent Carers)
Support for parents/guardians of a child/children due to their additional needs. This could be due to learning or physical disability, illness, mental ill health or behavioural problems.
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Hospital Support Project
Our support workers, based at Victoria Hospital can offer support while the person you care for is in hospital, as soon as your loved one is admitted. We offer support through the hospital process and can attend discharge planning meetings to ensure you are happy to continue in your caring role.
When your loved one is ready to come home, we can provide you with information on local services available to support you.
Information and Signposting
Our trained workers will provide information to support you in your caring role. If we are not able to offer the support you need, we are able to refer you to other organisations who can. This includes benefit checks, social care and health services, as well as other charities. This informs carers of services that exist and enables them to make informed decisions about the help they receive.
Mental Health Support
We recognise that carers are deeply affected when caring for someone with a mental health illness and our trained staff are always available for emotional and practical support.
We also hold a Mental Health and Wellbeing Clinic once a month.
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One to one Emotional Support
Intensive support is given by workers to the carers who are assessed by us as being most in need.
Our magazine, Caring Times, is distributed to carers and professionals and is full of information, true stories, useful articles and a comprehensive What’s On! guide.
Young and young adult carers are supported by workers who liaise closely with schools. Workers meet with young carers during schooltime to discuss any issues they have relating to their caring roles and also give talks at school assemblies to help identify ‘hidden’ carers.
Statutory Carers’ Assessments
Local authorities have a responsibility to assess a carers own needs for support. This assessment may assist you to get the support that you need, which may include a break from caring, emotional support, or signposting to various organisations.
Social Services will carry out the assessment. If the person you care for is willing to have an assessment of their needs then the Carers’ Assessment can be carried out at the same time as the Needs Assessment. Or if you prefer, you can have an assessment completed separately.
If you feel that you may benefit from a Carers Assessment, Blackpool Carers Centre can support you with this, or you can contact the Adult Social Care Team directly on 01253 477800.
We hold regular age specific support groups. Please visit our What’s On! page for dates and times.
Age appropriate trips and events are frequently held throughout the year for both carers and loved ones. They include tea dances, residentials and theatre trips.
Our volunteers include carers, retired people simply looking to do something with their spare time, others who are keen to gain work experience to help them get paid employment or individuals who simply want to give something back to their local community.
If you can spare us some of your time then we can find a role to suit your experience and interests eg. trustee, fundraiser, textile sorter, receptionist, administrator, driver, young or adult group worker. CLICK HERE to find out more.
Work Experience Project
The project enables young people to take part in meaningful work experience placements that inform and assist the journey to valued paid employment. We are working closely with 3 local special schools, Redmarsh, Park and Highfurlong.
Our aim is to source placements for young people with Special Educational Needs and/or disability who require a tailored/personalised opportunity. We also match the identified needs, skills and aspirations of the young person with local valued employers who can provide a quality experience for the student.
We run age specific youth clubs each week during term time for young carers. The children have the chance to join in fun and games with other young carers in a non-judgemental and safe environment.
If you would like further information on any of the services listed above, please call 01253 393748, email: email@example.com or complete the Contact Us Form on this website.