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Judging panel announced for West Midlands business awards


A high-profile panel from the region’s business and caring community will judge this year’s Carer Friendly Business Awards. Carer Friendly Business…

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A Day in the Life of an Unpaid Carer


Putting yourself in a position to understand the life of an unpaid carer can be difficult, so to get a real…

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Nine practical tools to support mental health and wellbeing in the workplace


Currently, one in six working Carers give up work or reduce their hours due to their caring role, and many others…

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What is it like to live with Dementia?


During Carers Week, Georgina Gabriel, Project Coordinator Health Liaison for Forward Carers had the opportunity to experience what it might be…

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A clean air zone for Birmingham – what does it mean for carers?


On 1 June 2021 Birmingham launched its Clean Air Zone. It will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year….

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Forward Carers recognised for Carers’ Voice Campaign


Each year, the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) celebrates the best campaigns and campaigners and is interested in finding those who have made…

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Covid-19 cases rise in Birmingham


With Covid cases rising in Birmingham, the government has today announced enhanced support for the city, focussed on increasing vaccination take-up,…

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FREE Travel for Carers for One Month*


As part of Carers week 2021, Birmingham City Council in partnership with Bristol University and Travel West Midlands/National Express, and Birmingham…

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We’re in the Final!


Forward Carers has been shortlisted in the Third Sector Organisation of the Year Category for the 2021 Birmingham Post Business Awards. Midlands…

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Carers UK Research: Breaks or Breakdown


To mark Carers Week 2021, Carers UK has launched new research entitled Breaks or breakdown which shows the ongoing impact of the pandemic…

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The Positive Impact From Recognising Carers


The distress and societal issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the extremely vital role that many essential…

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Carers Week 2021 – What’s on?


Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution…

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Dementia Action Week 2021


Led by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Action Week is a national, annual event that sees the public coming together to take…

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Former Carer, Arthur Halford beats Covid-19 and Celebrates his 100th Birthday!


Congratulations to Arthur Halford from Yardley in Birmingham who celebrates his 100th birthday on 11 May. Arthur is quite remarkable; he…

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Forward Carers in the Working Families Best Practice Awards Finals


The finalists for the annual Best Practice Awards have been announced today by work-life balance charity Working Families [2] Forward Carers has…

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Forward Carers up for Best Community Campaign Award


Forward Carers has been shortlisted to win the Best Community Campaign Award at the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) National Campaigner Awards…

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3 Perks of Using The Carer Friendly Card


As an unpaid carer, you’ll know all about the difficulty of balancing your life, as caring for others means dedicating a…

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How to get your FREE rapid Covid-19 test


Rapid lateral flow tests help to find Covid-19 cases in people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and…

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Social Enterprise Drive 2021 featuring Forward Carers


Forward Carers is taking part in Social Enterprise Drive Birmingham which takes place from 19 until 23 April 2021. Social Enterprise…

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3 Ways Doing Good Can Grow Your Business


The COVID-19 pandemic has been, for many people, an eye-opener when it comes to the incredibly important role that unpaid carers…

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Let’s Get Carers Counted!


The Census is here and it’s important that you take part and get counted as a Carer. What is the Census…

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New #FairerForCarers Campaign


CarersUK has launched the #FairerForCarers campaign, which asks people to contact their MPs about the need for greater financial support for…

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Census 2021 – help shape your community


The census is a compulsory survey that happens every 10 years and provides a picture of all the people and households…

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Survey launched on National Strategy for Disabled People


The government has launched a public survey as part of developing a National Strategy for Disabled People. The Disability Unit in the Cabinet…

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Tips for Carers on how to Cope over Christmas


Christmas is a time of year which can evoke an array of feelings; for many it is a time of great…

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Carer’s Winter Checklist


As the winter season is upon us, Forward Carers advices you do the following: Get your FREE flu jab. Make sure…

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Who will look after my son if something happens to me?


The consequences of Coronavirus on CarersCoronavirus has had an impact on everyone’s life this year but especially on those who are…

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Carer Rights Day


Thursday 26 November is Carers Rights Day. This day is dedicated to ensuring new and existing Carers are aware of their…

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Raising awareness of Carers


The Unsung Heroes campaign, led by Forward Carers, was set up to raise awareness and celebrate the role of family Carers…

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Caring for someone with alcohol misuse


When a person misuses alcohol, it is not just them that’s affected – the impact can be far-reaching with family and…

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Using drink to cope – a Carer’s story: Alcohol Awareness Week 16 – 22 November


Caring for someone you love can be extremely rewarding but for others it can be incredibly demanding and all encompassing with…

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Disability Hate Crime


Disability Hate Crime: a guide for Carers and supporters The National Police Chiefs’ Council has produced a guide for people who…

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Purple Tuesday – 3 November 2020


What is Purple Tuesday?Purple Tuesday was launched two years ago to shine a light on accessible shopping and the barriers faced…

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Shining a light on Hidden Disabilities


Certain people are exempt from wearing a face covering in public places. The list of exemptions, which has been in place…

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‘The day dementia dramatically changed my life’


‘The day dementia dramatically changed my life’ –award-winning Brum businesswoman speaks out Anjum Khan reveals her heartbreak to mark World Alzheimer’s Month…

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Message from the Director Adult Social Care


Dear Family member/Carer Coronavirus As you will be aware, Coronavirus is still prevalent in Birmingham and we remain committed to ensuring…

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SEND Briefing Parent Webinars


Parent/Carer Webinars take place regularly throughout the year and cover a number of different topics. Please see the local offer website…

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How Birmingham Carers can Win an Alexa


Carers who support a family member or friend in Birmingham have the chance of winning an Alexa! To enter this FREE…

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Carer’s #BrumLockdownStories


#UnsungHero Neil shares his experience of being a Carer to his dad and his brother with Birmingham Museum as part of…

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Research on Working Carers


The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and University of Sheffield have conducted a survey of 970 unpaid carers in…

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Parents of disabled children “Left in Lockdown”


As part of the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP), partnership, Contact for Families with Disabled Children have published new research that shows families have been…

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Carers Going Hungry in Lockdown


#UnsungHero Christie Michael from Essex, hasn’t left her house for three months in fear of making her mum fatally ill. Christie…

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Coronavirus: 4.5m people in UK forced to become unpaid carers


An estimated 4.5 million people – three times the size of the NHS workforce – have been forced to become unpaid…

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Birmingham carer speaks out about ‘lockdown loneliness’ during Loneliness Awareness Week


Although restrictions are being lifted suggesting the COVID-19 fight could be a step closer to being won, some are still struggling…

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Messages from Councillors to Carers in Birmingham


Councillor Locke Councillor Hamilton Councillor Cotton Graeme Betts

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What’s your experiences of remote medical consultations?


Healthwatch Birmingham is helping Healthwatch England with a new research project and we would like to invite you to get involved. …

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A message to Carers from Andy Street


Unfortunately Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands is unable to attend our live launch today of Carer Friendly Brum….

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Are you a Carer?


Becoming a Carer can be a gradual process with many people not recognising the changing nature of their relationship with the…

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Mission to make Birmingham the first Carer Friendly City


Forward Carers launches its mission during Carers Week to make Birmingham a ‘Carer Friendly City’ Forward Carers delivers Birmingham Carers Hub,…

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Our plans for Carers Week


Not long to go! From 8 to 14 June it’s Carers Week and we hope that you will join us in…

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Chance to Capture Carers and Raise the Profile of Caring


Hold Still Photography Competition  This national photography competition provides an opportunity to capture the contribution that unpaid carers make to society…

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Carer’s Poignant Drawing for Unpaid Carers


#UnsungHero, Naomi Johnston is a full-time carer to her son. Naomi has been caring for her own mental health by drawing…

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Caring Behind Closed Doors


Carers UK report, Caring Behind Closed Doors, found 70% of Carers are providing more care than before the coronavirus outbreak. The results…

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Bernie’s got Lockdown all Sewn Up!


#UnsungHero Bernie White is using her love of sewing to occupy herself during lockdown and helping the NHS at the same…

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Tests for Carers with Coronavirus Symptoms


Tests for Carers with Coronavirus Symptoms This week the Government changed its guidelines to include Carers as essential workers (such as…

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Supermarkets Caring for Carers


We have some great news to share with you. Forward Carers has worked with Birmingham City Council’s Commissioning and Resilience teams…

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Tackling Fraud in Birmingham


Recently, we have all witnessed lots of examples of good will with individuals and businesses going the extra mile but inevitably…

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Virtual Cuppa for Carers


Mobilise is a bunch of carers coming together for supportive chats to share practical tips and tricks, and sometimes just to…

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Be Empowered Workshops Go Online


As a result of the current COVID-19 situation, the Be Empowered Workshops Team are now looking to offer the Be Empowered…

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Council and Communities work together to tackle the Coronavirus Outbreak


Birmingham City Council is working with the city’s voluntary sector umbrella body, Birmingham Voluntary Service Council, to create a coordinated community…

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IMPORTANT Update for Carers Regarding Coronavirus


We’re all facing a monumental challenge to both understand and cope with what is going on around us.  As you’ll appreciate we’re…

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World Sleep Day


Friday 13th March is World Sleep Day. Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to keep us physically and mentally well….

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£15 High Street Voucher for One Hour of your Time


Do you care for an adult who lives in the same house as you? Would you like to share your experiences?…

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Coronavirus Contingency plans for Carers


You will no doubt have seen the government’s public information about coronavirus. The public awareness campaign focuses on hand washing, washing…

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Carers Cards to Recognise and Value Carers


In November, on Carers Rights Day, Forward Carers launched the Carers Card. The Carers Card aims to support Carers to be…

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Keep Warm, Stay Well


Cold weather can impact on existing health conditions, especially if you are 65 or older, have a long-term health condition, have…

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National Living Wage Increase & Carer’s Allowance


The government has announced that in April 2020, the National Living Wage will increase. This is obviously good news for some,…

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Caring, Loneliness and Friendships


Did you know that Carers are seven times more likely to say they are always or often lonely compared with the…

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Safer Internet Day


Safer Internet Day (11 February) aims to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology. The internet provides a…

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It’s Time to Talk


  Time to Talk Day (6 February) raises the awareness of the importance of talking and encouraging everyone to be more…

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Chinese New Year & Support for Carers


Enjoy Chinese New Year at the annual celebration in Birmingham on Sunday 26 January 11.30 – 4.00pm. More details about the…

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Guidance on Supporting Adult Carers


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released guidance on supporting adult carers (people aged 18 and over…

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Young Carers Awareness Day


Young Carers Awareness Day takes place on 30 January, it is led by Carers Trust to raise awareness of the challenges…

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67% of informal carers struggle to juggle work and carer responsibilities 


Almost nine in 10 informal carers receive no support from their employer Do you juggle work with your caring role? Does…

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Courses for Family Carers of People with Dementia


A charity called Dementia Carers Counts runs courses to help carers feel confident, valued and heard. If you are supporting a…

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Dementia Services for Carers


Specialist Dementia Services for Carers Programme In July 2019, Forward Carers was commissioned by Birmingham City Council, BSOL CCG and the…

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Support for Carers over the Christmas Period


As a carer, you may find your caring responsibilities leave you little time for developing relationships with friends and family which…

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Supporting Somebody with Dementia over the Christmas Period


For most of us Christmas is a joyful experience where we can spend time with family and friends but for someone…

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Carers – what might Brexit mean to you?


It doesn’t matter which way you voted and it doesn’t matter if it gets delayed again. This isn’t about hoarding and…

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Forward Carers has been awarded a new contract to provide support for Birmingham carers.


1 in 4 households is home to a person caring for a family member or friend in Birmingham. Following an open tender…

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Carers Week 2019


As Carers, it can be challenging to stay connected to friends, family and the wider community when our time is…

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Creative Carers Programme


“Many thanks Rosie for a lovely morning. I obtained more information in that session than I have over the past two…

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Ageing Better


Ageing Better in Birmingham Ageing Better in Birmingham is a programme to bring together the Birmingham community and help those over…

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Update: Carers Rights Day 2018


Our Carers Rights Day event on Friday 30 November in Selly Oak saw the biggest turnout to date of carers…

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Carers Booklet of Services


Our brand new Booklet of Services for Birmingham Carers is a valuable resource for all local Carers. Inside you’ll find information about…

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Carers Rights Day 2018


TouchBase Pears – Selly Oak forwardcarers.org.uk/event/carers-rights-day-event-event/ At TouchBase we will be running a Mini Well being day from 11am – 3pm which…

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Forward Carers – Working For Carers Event – Do You Care?


Do You Care? “For most of my life I have been a carer, and for half of it, I didn’t…

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Charity places for family carers on the Dementia Carers Support course


Do you have a family member or friend living with dementia? Do you need more support and knowledge to help you?…

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Explore Birmingham for Less


  Birmingham sometimes gets a bad rap from the outside world, but as proud Brummies we know that our great city…

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Unsung Heroes – Sylvia’s Experience


The insight of the life of a carer is like reading a bestselling novel. Each carer has their own story to…

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Would you like to  help us to shape services for Carers in Birmingham?


Calling all Carers of Adults! Birmingham City Council wants to develop stronger links with Carers of Adults in Birmingham so that…

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Families Together Christmas Carol Concert 2017


It’s almost Christmas time, and we want you to come sing, dance and be merry at Birmingham’s only Christmas concert exclusively…

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Ageing Better is Helping Those Feeling Loneliness in Older Age


Social isolation can come about through the life-changing events that can affect everybody. Carers like you have reported feeling loneliness in…

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