THOUSANDS of people looking after a sick or disabled relative at home may be missing out on support due to them.
So unpaid carers are being invited to Friday's Carers Rights Day roadshow to find out how they can take advantage of benefits such as a Carer's Allowance and Pension Credit.
The roadshow, organised by Cheshire Carers Centre and Cheshire County Council, takes place at Leicester Street from 10am-3pm and the centre's David Harvey said: 'Anyone who looks after a sick or disabled person on a regular unpaid basis is a carer and may be able to get help.
'Many carers are unaware of the benefits and services available to them. Research tells us that carers' own health is likely to suffer as a result of the stresses of caring and it is vital that carers know their rights, to ensure that they get the support they need. Rights and entitlements change over time and access to work, leisure, education and training for carers is improving.'
Anyone who cannot attend the event should call the Cheshire Carers Centre helpline on 0800 085 0307. A booklet for carers who want information about their entitlements, Looking After Someone? A Guide to Carers' Rights and Benefits, is available on 0808 808 7777 or via www.carersuk.org.
Cheshire Carers Centre has moved its main office to 146 London Road, Northwich. The centre, which has been based on Albion Walk, has expanded rapidly since it was established 12 years ago and now supports more than 3,000 carers throughout Cheshire via a range of services including a freephone helpline, events and training for carers and one-to-one support.