There are many people working in the University with caring responsibilities. These may extend to young children with disabilities, relatives, friends or elderly parents.
However, every year in Northern Ireland, over 69,000 unpaid family carers find their caring role comes to an end.
Due to an identified lack of support for those carers affected, Carers NI, funded by the Health and Social Care Board, have produced a new booklet to support carers when their caring role ends or changes.
A carer may no longer be caring for someone because the person they look after has died, moved in to residential care or has gotten better. A gap in support for those carers has been highlighted through the Carers NI advice line and Carers Support Groups.
Clare-Anne Magee, General Manager, Carers NI: “Looking after a loved one may be a large part of your life, but it is inevitable that your caring role will change over time. This may be because the person you cared for has recovered and no longer needs care, they can no longer be cared for at home, or because they have died. Whatever your situation it is important to realise that you are not alone. It will be difficult, but you can find help and support. We’ve produced this resource for carers who are experiencing significant change in their lives. It outlines the support available and the practical steps you can take to help you through each situation ranging from how to find residential care for the person you are looking after through to dealing with bereavement, life after caring or getting back in to education, training or employment.”
QUB Carers Network
Any member of staff wanting to make contact with the QUB Carer's Network should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The purpose of the network is to provide working carers with the opportunity to come together and share experiences, discuss issues, ask questions and arrange informal meet ups.