Unpaid Carers

Started by: jo anne (32798) 

Zoom Call, Thursday 11th June, 7pm - 8pm

Wigan Council (Facebook):
A chance to ask questions about caring & the local support available.

The call is free for anybody to join - Link
Once downloaded or loaded, just enter this meeting ID code: 823 4768 5652


Started: 11th Jun 2020 at 17:50

Posted by: jo anne (32798) 

Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre support carers who look after a family member or friend with an illness or disability.

Links: / Facebook / @WiganLeighCarer / @DiabetesPower1 (Chief Officer)

Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre, 7 Frederick St, Hindley, Wigan, WN2 3BD
Tel: 01942 705959 / Contact Form: Link

Replied: 11th Jun 2020 at 17:52
Last edited by jo anne: 11th Jun 2020 at 17:58:59

Posted by: jo anne (32798) 

Wigan & Leigh Young Carers is a volunteer led charity which supports young carers (up to 18) & young adult carers (16-24) and their families.

Links: / Facebook Group / @WiganandLeighYC

Wigan & Leigh Young Carers, Patrick House, 58 Leigh Rd, Leigh. WN7 1QR
T: 01942 679352 / E: / Enquiry Form - Link

Replied: 11th Jun 2020 at 18:04

Posted by: jo anne (32798) 

Merger Statement (June 2020):

Replied: 11th Jun 2020 at 18:07

Posted by: jo anne (32798) 

Support for Carers -

Week-long thank you to recognise the vital role of carers - / Facebook / @WiganCouncil

During #CarersWeek we're launching a logo competition with a Nintendo Switch Lite prize.
We want a logo which symbolises carers in the borough and used to identify people who have participated in awareness sessions starting this year. Please email to take part

Replied: 11th Jun 2020 at 18:21

Posted by: jo anne (32798) 

@WiganLeighCarer (26 Jun):

Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre and Wigan & Leigh Young Carers value your feedback

‘Consultation on proposed merger between WLCC & WLYC’ - LINK

Replied: 26th Jun 2020 at 16:26
Last edited by jo anne: 26th Jun 2020 at 16:27:41

Posted by: jo anne (32798) 

Mindfulness Walks for Carers & Cared For

On Wed 22nd July and Wed 29th July

Limited free tickets available: Link

Replied: 3rd Jul 2020 at 16:05

Posted by: jo anne (32798) 

The winning entry for Wigan’s new carers awareness logo, designed by 14yo Megan Crawford - Link

Replied: 22nd Aug 2020 at 15:50

Posted by: jo anne (32798) 

Training/Support Programme for September, all unpaid carers welcome. You can book online at or contact the centre on 01942 705959

Replied: 24th Aug 2020 at 07:10

Posted by: jo anne (32798) 

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Last edited by jo anne: 3rd Sep 2020 at 07:13:46

Posted by: jo anne (32798) 

Replied: 10th Sep 2020 at 20:39

Posted by: basil brush (14462)

I wonder how much these, forgotten heroes, save the government each year?.

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 11:05

Posted by: grimshaw (2272) 

Good point basil.

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 11:15

Posted by: basil brush (14462)

you can bet its millions, grim.

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 12:12

Posted by: grimshaw (2272) 

Sure will be basil .
With little recognition from the powers that be .

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 12:23

Posted by: basil brush (14462)

Definitely, and pay them a pittance to.

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 12:53

Posted by: blackrodweaver (597) 

Thanks for the info jo anne have applied for and emergency card great info given

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 19:46

Posted by: jo anne (32798) 

You’re welcome, Blackrodweaver. The Carers Centre is a great organisation.

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 20:19

Posted by: PeterP (7864)

For the last 8yrs I have been my wifes carer and got paid Carers Allowance. In May of this year I started drawing my State pension and had my Carers Allowance stopped. You cannot have both. I am still a full time carer but now dont get any money for doing this

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 20:22

Posted by: raymyjamie (6471)

Seems very unfair Peter.
Is your pension more than your caring allowance?, I don’t want to know the values.

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 20:31

Posted by: PeterP (7864)

Yes and even if I had defered my pension they would still stop the Carers Allowance

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 20:44

Posted by: basil brush (14462)

Absolutely disgusting, tell them you need carers to come round every day

Replied: 14th Sep 2020 at 09:08

Posted by: blackrodweaver (597) 

peterp have you tried claiming Attendance Allowance. in your wifes name

Replied: 14th Sep 2020 at 20:17

Posted by: Heatons68 (20)

PeterP did you get a letter saying you have
"underlying entitlement "to carers allowance , if so you get a premium towards . council tax . You have to produce your letter at the life centre .

Replied: 14th Sep 2020 at 20:30

Posted by: PeterP (7864)

Blackrodweaver my wife can only get her state pension in 18 months time when she turns 66 yrs of age.Yet another stab in the back for women moving the pension age from 60 to 66. She cannot claim Attendance Allowance until she reaches state pension ageNot looked into this further but knowing the system it will be either she can claim PIP which she gets now or she can get Attendance Allowance

Replied: 15th Sep 2020 at 08:41

Posted by: blackrodweaver (597) 

Peterp same as my wife shes 66 in dec,

however they did point me towards Pension credit but I cant claim that.
If you've not gone down this road before, which Im sure you have hers a link to read about it.
all the best

Pension credit info

Replied: 15th Sep 2020 at 19:45

Posted by: tonker (21865) 

Don't be misled. Peter will have substantial pension income as he worked (well, he went every day!) at t'pit. It follows that one could easily shoot oneself it t'foot!

My mum had a good job, my dad worked at t'pit (seven days a week, often 16 hour shifts etc.).
Dad died at 60, Mum died at 90. Mum got maximum state pension, two private pensions and my Dad's miners pension. Total income was over £400 a week.
When she fell ill, after a brain haemorrhage at 85 years old, she had to pay for everything.

I should imagine all of those who have worked all their life are in the same boat?

Replied: 15th Sep 2020 at 21:10


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