Today marks the start of Challenge Poverty Week.
The rapid increase in the cost of living is putting huge pressure on carers across the country. The latest research by Carers Scotland shows that more than half (52%) of unpaid carers are currently unable to manage their monthly expenses.
We have a range of information, advice and support available to help carers and their families:
• We offer a wide range of surgeries and one-to-one appointments giving carers access to expert advice on everything from relevant benefits and statutory rights to savings on home energy costs and ways to reduce the expense of caring.
• Our Wee Breaks service supports unpaid carers to take time to breathe, recharge and think about themselves. Taking time for yourself is often one of the first things to go when funds get tight and – for carers – this can have a knock-on effect on wellbeing. We can guide you through the journey including where to start, overcoming barriers, exploring what a break looks like for you, co-coordinating replacement care and travel, exploring funding options and much more.
• The Coalition of Carers in Scotland have created a webpage to share regular updates on information, advice and support to help carers and their families with the cost of living.
• The Edinburgh Food Project provide emergency food support to people who find themselves at crisis point and one of our Carer Support Team can help refer you, call 0808 196 6666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• A new website providing information on the wide range of advice and financial support available to people in Scotland has been launched. Developed by the Scottish Government as a ‘one-stop shop’ to help those struggling with the cost of living crisis, the website includes information on help available for households to meet rising energy, housing and other costs.