Once again, we will have a limited number of food parcels available for registered carers to collect from the offices on Tuesday, 7th July between 9:30am-10:30am. Thank you to Sainsburys Middle Warren, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre and Poundland for their support.  As supplies are limited these will be issued on a first-come first-served basis. We have a mixture of tins, cereal, fresh items and groceries. If you aren’t already registered with us, you can do so on the day or register online via the link here: Register With UsRead More →

Hartlepool Carers are dedicated to supporting local businesses to become more carer friendly for their employees. 1 in 7 workers in the UK combine paid work with unpaid care so it’s likely that there is at least one working carer in many of the town’s businesses. This has been exacerbated due to the Covid-19 pandemic – it is estimated 4.5 million becomeunpaid carers in a matter of weeks. Additionally 600 people give up work every day to care for an elderly or disabled relative, so a supportive employer could make a difference for many employees. Hartlepool Carers offers a range of services to support youRead More →

Hello, my name is Simon and I care for my father who has dementia as well as helping to care for my grandparents. I moved back from London in 2016 to support my mam. Being a carer isn’t easy and I fully understand some of the issues you all face within both the community accessing services as well as within the health environment. And understand that everyone’s situations are unique. That is why when asked to become a trustee I jumped at the chance. I’m now Vice Chairman of Hartlepool Carers, and it is a role I hold with passion, and proud to be partRead More →

Those of you who follow our Facebook pages and groups will know that during lockdown we have been running a weekly ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ competition to encourage our carers to get involved in different activities. So far we have seen baking, crafts, talent shows, our favourite spots in Hartlepool, stories about ‘what caring means to me’ and so much more! Every registered carer who takes part is entered into a draw to win a £20 ‘Just Eat’ voucher.  This week, we have set our carers a challenge to host their own sports day activity at home. Due to our young carers being away from schoolRead More →

Today we join Carers UK in their latest campaign – Fairer for Carers. Along with 90 other organisations, we signed an open letter to the Work and Pensions Secretary, copied to the Chancellor, to call for better financial support for unpaid carers looking after people who are older, disabled or seriously ill. We are calling for an urgent rise in the level of Carer’s Allowance.  Despite the huge contribution they are making, too many unpaid carers and their families face financial hardship – at least 1.2 million unpaid carers are living in poverty. Compounding this – on average – each day, 600 people have toRead More →

Did you know that Hartlepool Carers has signed up with Amazon Smile? This means that you can donate to our charity simply by shopping with Amazon – and it won’t cost you a penny. What is Amazon Smile? Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon. It features the same products at the same prices as the standard Amazon site. The only difference is, when you shop on Amazon Smile, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the cost of all eligible products to your chosen charity. There are millions of eligible products available – look out for ‘Eligible for smile.amazon.co.uk’ on the product’sRead More →

Hi, I’m Becka and I’ve been a carer for around 10 years now. I’m 18 and I went to college before lock-down happened. I care for my mam who has fibromyalgia and other mental health issues. I love making her feel more independent and feeling better about herself. I’ve won young carer of the year in 2018 and young adult carer in 2020. Caring for my mam is the one thing I strive to do to my fullest because I’ve seen the positive impacts my caring role does for her. On an average day I get up go downstairs and make sure my mam isRead More →

So they say a picture paints a thousand words, and as you can see, there’s a lot I can say about mine! 5 kids, me and my husband somewhere in the back and one child in Christmas pyjamas in June!   When this photo was taken we were having a normal day, before I got a knock on the door to say we were receiving the Ruby Marshall Family award for 2020 from Hartlepool Carers. Aside from being completely overwhelmed at being nominated, we couldn’t believe we had won it. Of course the picture was shared and It was only then I noticed my youngest’sRead More →

Hi my name is Sarah Harrison and myself and my partner adopted the most amazing little girl four years ago. Here is a picture of our lives as carers (or to us ‘mum’ and ‘dad’). Life hasn’t been easy and we have had our hard times and good times.    Over the last four years we have had learn how to parent a child that had suffered extreme neglect, abuse and emotional abuse. A little girl who had already been passed from family to family, who had everyone let her down. Who already had her own little personality and character.    Then to add intoRead More →

Hartlepool Carers are launching a free ‘Carers Cycle and Connect’ Scheme. This is a an opportunity for carers to loan technology and cycle equipment to get around town to help them in their caring role.   This project is funded by Carers Trust. In light of service changes due to COVID-19, Carers Trust is supporting and piloting innovation across the UK.   We have a number of cycles with safety equipment for carers to loan. Throughout lockdown carers have shared with us the difficulty in getting across town to continue to support loved ones and felt this would be great to develop. Not only willRead More →