Matter News picture
3 days ago

Timeline event now taking place: For the next week, we'll be talking about emergency planning - find out more here.

Think About You - September: Remember to look after yourself and have some 'me time'. Read Think About You here to pick up ideas.

Campaign success: UCAS has confirmed that from 2018 there will be a specific option on its application form prompting young adult carers to identify themselves. More here.

Matter's confidential email helpline: Find out more here.

Stay up to date with the Matter newsletter: Sign up here.

Read full post
Online Team picture
3 days ago
NOW TAKING PLACE…Here on Matter, we’re now running a week-long event, and we hope you’ll get involved by sharing your own tips and advice! The theme is emergency planning. Whether it’s around managing things when you move away from home, or having some plans in place for when you’re unwell, working, at college, or involved in social activities, it’s really useful to think ahead and have some ideas about how to manage everything, when you’re not able to provide the care you usually provide.
Read full post
Online Team picture
2 hours ago
Planning for emergencies - recording important stuff

Does the person you care for have essential medicines they need to take regularly? Or do they have health conditions or allergies that it’s important for others to be aware of? Maybe there are key people in their life who might need to be contacted in an emergency?

Lists – we all love a good list, but they can serve a great purpose if we’re ever unexpectedly delayed or taken ill, and someone depends on our support. Some suggestions for recording the essential stuff:

Medication, appointments and treatment
Read full post
Online Team picture
5 hours ago
If you’re responsible for paying the bills online or keeping an eye on the budget, is somebody else able to access the bank account if you suddenly weren’t there to deal with all this?

You can give someone third party access to an account to manage daily finances. Have a look, for example, at the information from Lloyds and Barclays, and more generally from Carers Trust and the Money Advice Service.
Debit cards and PIN numbers – as with other passwords, if you need a note to remind you…don’t store the two together, please! Emergency planning - Computers, phones, accounts, passwords….
Read full post
Online Team picture
3 days ago

Do you worry about would happen to the person you care for if you were suddenly unable to help?

Then you might want to get a carers emergency card.

Read full post
amanda89 picture
5 days ago
Hi all our fixers campaign for free transport for carers is now up and public . Please have a look if you would like Smile emoticon

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WCL4Khm3e6A
Read full post
Online Team picture
2 days ago

What would you do if you needed time off work at short notice?

When you're caring for someone, things aren't always predictable. There may be times when the person you care for's condition gets worse and they need more help or that hospital appointment they've been waiting for suddenly comes through. It's important to recognise that things like this will happen from time to time and you might need support from your workplace (or college) to enable you to take the time off that you need.

Read full post
NinaSmiles picture
6 days ago
So emergency planning themed event coming up on Matter next week!

Emergencies happen often in my house. If its not my dad falling and hurting himself its my mum having a emotional breakdown. I find it so important to have a pre-made plan for when these things happen but also I think that intervention is key!

I have a plan for whenever I leave the house longer than 1 hour. this plan I feel prevents emergencies from happening. I have a separate one for if an emergency happens which I will post about soon.

My plan when I leave the house is to:
Read full post
Carers Trust tips picture
2 months ago

Many universities go out of their way to provide dedicated support for students with caring responsibilities. Here's what some universities have been doing to support young adult carers.

Read full post