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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
After successfully campaigning with Carers Trust to ask UCAS to change their forms, I'm excited introduce another new campaign! This was inspired by Amanda MacDonald's campaign (which is going strong in Scotland and getting a fantastic amount of coverage), so I'd really appreciate it if you could take the time to support both of our campaigns.
Mine is here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/fair-rail-and-bus-scheme-for-carers