‘Know your Rights’ in run-up to national carers day

Iain Gray MSP and Fiona O’Donnell MP are seeking to help raise awareness of the rights of carers in East Lothian in advance of this year’s national Carers Rights Day on Friday 28 November.

Carers Rights Day is an annual event that brings organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to.

The theme this year is ‘Looking after someone? Know your rights’, focusing on making carers aware of their rights, letting them know where to get help and support and raising awareness of the needs of carers.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“Carers Rights Day is an invaluable opportunity to put the focus on carers’ rights and needs. It helps to ensure that carers are aware of and understand their rights and get access to good quality advice that can help them with their caring duties. I urge local carers looking for advice or information to contact Carers of East Lothian to get the help they need.”

Fiona O’Donnell MP said:

“There are an estimated 11,000 carers living in East Lothian. They make a huge contribution to the health and wellbeing of their loved ones, our communities and local public services. Carers Rights Day is a welcome annual chance to raise awareness of their rights and promote the advice and support that is available to them.”

Carers living in East Lothian can obtain advice and information from Carers of East Lothian by visiting www.coel.org.uk/, emailing centre@coel.org.uk or calling 0131 665 0135.

For more information about Carers Rights Day and the work of Carers Scotland, visit www.carersuk.org/scotland