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New rights for unpaid carers - unpaid carers leave

New rights for working carers come into effect on April 6th 2024 

Juggling a job and caring for someone can be emotionally and physically challenging, often leading to mental health problems, including stress and anxiety. It is important that Carers are supported in their workplace to ensure they remain employed while being able to give the best possible care to their loved one without any compromise.  New […]

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Stress Awareness Month Looking After Your Wellbeing as a Carer

Looking after your own wellbeing as a carer 

Caring for a loved one can be emotionally and physically challenging and often overwhelming at times. It’s important you take the time to look after yourself so you don’t burn out and can continue giving the best level of care not only to your loved one, but yourself too.  April is Stress Awareness Month, and […]

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Young Carers Action Day 2024 – Fair Futures for Young Carers

#YoungCarersActionDay (YCAD) is an annual awareness day to shine a light on Young Carers in the UK. According to research by Carers Trust, there is an ‘estimated one million young carers in the UK’ – children under the age of 18 looking after a family member or friend with an illness, disability, or addiction. An […]

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The first image is of the Barnsley Carers Logo. Next is the text: Latest News/Jan-Mar 2024. WELCOME! To the latest newsletter from Barnsley Carers Service. This quarter we’ll be covering all the latest news, updates, groups and information that you need to help you in your caring role. If there’s anything you’d like to see in future editions - or you’d like to contribute an article - drop us a line or give us a call! Cloverleaf - who deliver Barnsley Carers service - have been successful in securing three years of funding to deliver relationships training to people with learning disabilities, their families and carers and professionals involved in their support. Training will be delivered across Kirkleess, Calderdale, and Barnsley. We’re currently setting up a steering group of people with lived experience to make sure the courses reflect what people with learning disabilities want and need. If you would like to be involved, please contact Joanne Green on 01924 454875 or email enquiries@cloverleaf-advocacy.co.uk

Newsletter Jan-Mar 2024

Our newsletter has some interesting and helpful information inside if you’d like to have a read. There’s a rundown on what happened last year and some new changes coming this year. Click on the image above, to open the newsletter.

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Season’s Greetings and Holiday Opening Times

Season’s Greetings from everyone here at Barnsley Carers Services. We wish you all a festive break and a happy New Year. We will be closed over the holidays on the following days: Our phone lines will be open outside these dates 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.  As we have reduced staffing during the holiday period, please contact […]

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Easy Read: Cloverleaf receiving funding from the National Lottery

Cloverleaf celebrates after receiving £261,203 of National Lottery funding to support people with learning disabilities to develop positive relationships!  Happy, Healthy, Relationships builds on a pilot delivered by Self Advocates in Kirklees and Calderdale over the last few years. It was developed with people with learning disabilities, their families and friends. To download the PDF […]

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Cloverleaf celebrates after receiving funding from the National Lottery

Cloverleaf celebrates after receiving £261,203 of National Lottery funding to support people with learning disabilities develop positive relationships! Cloverleaf are pleased to announce we have been awarded over £260,000 in funding from National Lottery to deliver a three-year project that will support people with learning disabilities living in Barnsley, Calderdale, and Kirklees to develop positive, […]

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Barnsley Carers Awarded £8,351 to Support Unpaid Carers Reduce Household Food Costs

We are thrilled to announce Barnsley Carers have been awarded £8,351 by Barnsley Council and the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) to help support unpaid carers who are struggling with their food bills this winter. The funding will provide 100 unpaid carers with an ‘essentials’ food package, a £50 food voucher (to use at […]

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Carers Rights Day 2023

Thursday the 23rd of November sees the return of Carers Rights Day! At Barnsley Carers Service, we understand the many challenges that unpaid carers face, and we are here to help you in any way we can – every day of the year. Your rights: today, tomorrow and in the futureAlongside Carers UK and other […]

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World Mental Health Day 2023

Every year, World Mental Health Day is celebrated on 10th October. The World Foundation of Mental Health has set the theme for 2023 as ‘Mental Health is a universal human right’. World Mental Health Day is about raising awareness of mental health and driving positive change for everyone’s mental health. This World Mental Health Day, […]

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Barnsley Carers Bowling

Thanks to funding from the South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust and Ey UP charity, a group of unpaid carers from Barnsley recently got the chance to enjoy a day out bowling at Superbowl Barnsley. Carers came together across two days – the 30th and 31st of August – to spend time together enjoying a […]

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August Bank Holiday closure

Please note that Barnsley Carers Service will be unavailable on Monday the 28th of August. If you need any additional support during this time, we’ve listed some services that can help below… The Samaritans: 116 123Carers UK: 020 7378 4999Refuge: 0808 2000 247The Trussel Trust: 01722 580 180NHS emergency mental health linkCrisis

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Consultation on the Disability Action Plan

The Government is seeking views on its proposed Disability Action Plan for 2023 – 2024.  The consultation will close at 11:59 pm on 6 October 2023.  This consultation is aimed at anyone with an interest in the actions the government will take to improve the lives of disabled people during 2023 and 2024.  They are particularly […]

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The Carer’s Leave Act – what you need to know

The new Carer’s Leave Act 2023 received Royal Assent in May 2023 and will come into force across the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) in 2024.  What does this mean for you?  How does this affect me as an employer?  To help employers to prepare for the new law, Carers UK has produced a set of […]

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Consultation on Oliver McGowan draft code of practice

The Department of Health and Social Care recently opened a consultation on the draft Oliver McGowan code of practice on statutory learning disability and autism training. The new draft code sets out standards to meet new legal requirements for health and care staff to receive training. Interested parties, including individuals and groups, are invited to […]

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Carers UK’s state of caring survey 2023

The Carers UK annual State of Caring survey is the UK’s most comprehensive research into the lives and experiences of unpaid carers. Last year a record 13,000 carers took part in the survey – the highest number of responses to date. This year’s survey is now live and Carers UK are once again asking for unpaid carers’ […]

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Volunteers Week 2023

Volunteers Week is an annual celebration dedicated to the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. It’s a chance for us all to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and to say, thank you! We’re incredibly blessed at Barnsley Carers Service to have an amazing dedicated team of volunteers […]

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Carers Week 2023

This year Carers Week takes place from the 5th – 11th of June. The theme is ‘Recognising and supporting carers in the community.’ Carers Week is an annual campaign run in partnership with key carers charities to raise awareness of and highlight the challenges unpaid carers face. It also aims to recognise the often-hidden contribution they […]

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May bank holiday closures

Barnsley Carers Service will be unavailable on Monday 1st, 8th and 29th of May. If you need any additional support during this time, we’ve listed some services that can help below… The Samaritans: 116 123Carers UK: 020 7378 4999Refuge: 0808 2000 247The Trussel Trust: 01722 580 180NHS emergency mental health linkCrisis

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Cloverleaf Advocacy adds Barnsley Carers Service to its portfolio of free-to-access carer support services

Cloverleaf is proud to announce that following a tender process, we have successfully been awarded a two-year contract to manage and deliver Barnsley’s free-to-access carer support service. It’s estimated that 27,167 people currently give their time and energy to caring for a loved one, family member, or friend in Barnsley. The number of unpaid carers […]

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Carer Poverty Coalition

Working together to end poverty amongst carers Cloverleaf Advocacy (including its Barnsley Carers Service) has joined 100 national and local organisations to form the Carer Poverty Coalition. Collectively, we will be campaigning to: Every day across the UK, the work of unpaid carers helps hold society together – an invisible network of support, empathy and […]

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