The town’s unpaid male carers are being urged to follow the example of women by getting the emotional and financial support they’re entitled to.
Slough Carers Support made the plea on Carers Rights’ Day, November 25, as carers, those they care for and organisations that provide free support services, gathered at Britwell Community Cafe.
The theme for Carers Rights’ Day 2021 is “Carers have the right to…”, which includes the right to discuss flexible working options with their employer, protection from discrimination, to be identified as a carer and to receive a carer’s assessment.
Kinder Bassi, Slough Carers Support Manager, said: “Men, especially those who are part of a multigenerational household, believe it’s their duty to care for a loved one and don’t see themselves as carers. It means they are less likely to come forward and ask for help, and they end up struggling. We’d like to bridge this gap, but of course anyone should come forward regardless of their gender if they need support. We’re here for everyone.”
On the day, 10 organisations that offer support services for carers across the borough attended the Community Cafe, hosting stands and giving out information to carers and their families.
The organisations were Special Voices, Cippenham Carers, Slough Mencap, Asian Carers, Alzheimers Dementia Support, and Slough Libraries and Cultural Services, Slough Memory Clinic, Speech Therapist Team, Slough Recovery Support from CMHT.
The event was opened by the Mayor of Slough, Cllr Mohammed Nazir, who said: “It’s so lovely to see all the different carers’ groups here today. I don’t have to explain what a carer is… There are hundreds and thousands of you doing unpaid work in the community.”
Carers enjoyed a buffet lunch and refreshments and were each gifted a Slough Carers Support mug. Special thanks to Slough Co-op who donated 50 gifts for carers that attended the event.