Thursday 25th November is Carers Rights Day. This year’s awareness day is focussing on making sure that carers are aware of their rights and how they can access the free support that is available to them. Read all about Carers Rights Day 2021 on the Carers UK website.

The pandemic has had a huge impact on the care sector, which has seen a surge in the number of hours spent caring and the intensity of their caring role increase. The need for training and development of Personal Assistants in care and individual employers is as important as ever at this year.

Free events for Carers Rights Day in Luton

2021 Carers Right Day in The Mall, Luton – The Public Health team from Luton Council will be joined by Carers Central to provide information about carers rights and the range of support that’s available to carers in Luton. Come along to the Ask Me Point, located in Central Square in The Mall, Luton on Thursday 25th November from 10am to 2.30pm.

The Carers Central team will also be at Luton Central Library on Carers Right Day for a drop-in on Thursday 25th November 2021, 1pm – 4:30pm. You don’t need to book an appointment for this session on the ground floor in the Well and Wise room at Luton Central Library from 1pm – 4:30pm. The main aim of the event is to launch the new Luton Carers’ Handbook which can be downloaded on the Carers Central websiteThe team will be available to help provide carers with a better understanding of all the services and support that’s available to carers in Luton. For more information please contact Levi Habashanti or Sally Glancy at carerscentral@drcbeds.org.uk or call 0300 303 0201.

Free training for unpaid carers and Personal Assistants in care

The Disability Resource Centre provides their Care Academy programme which is designed to train and develop Personal Assistants who provide support to people with additional care needs. The free training will work towards the Care Certificate Standards and give Personal Assistants and unpaid carers the necessary qualifications to provide a professional and high standard service.

All training can be accessed through live workshops. They can be attended either face-to-face at the training centre in Dunstable, or online via live streaming through Microsoft Teams. If you prefer to do theory-based training, then you can complete all workshops at your own convenience through our online teaching platform called Teachable.

Visit the Care Academy page for more information about how you can access the free training.

See the November and December schedule of live sessions. Keep a look out for our January and February 2022 workshop schedule.

Contact the training team directly to get more information and to sign up for the free workshops today. Email: hlw@drcbeds.org.uk or phone 01582 470 900.