1 in 4 households is home to a person caring for a family member or friend in Birmingham.

Following an open tender process Forward Carers has been awarded a contract to continue operating Birmingham Carers Hub Services.

In delivering the new contract, Forward Carers will continue to work closely with Birmingham City Council, Birmingham and Solihull CCG and the Birmingham Children’s Trust to empower local carers. In doing so, Forward Carers will help the Council meet it’s statutory duties to carers, including undertaking carer assessments.

Forward Carers is made up of a unique partnership of many West Midland based not-for-profits, all of whom have a stated aim to improve the lives of family carers. Through it’s partnership, Forward Carers has operated the Birmingham Carers Hub for the last five years. In this time it has built up an effective contact point for carers to access a wide range of services including: information and advice; assistance with welfare entitlement; emergency back-up care; training; support groups; online resources and much more.

Simon Fenton CEO Forward Carers said:

“Three in every five of us will caring for a loved one at some point in our lives. A caring role is usually very fulfilling, but it can also affect our mental and physical health if we don’t take time to look after ourselves properly. We’ re proud that we have made a difference to the lives thousands of carers over the past few years, and we now look forward to supporting thousands more in the future. Our Statutory partners have demonstrated a strong commitment to prioritising carers in the city, so we intend to play an integral role in making Brum truly ‘Carer Friendly’.”

More information about Forward Carers can be found here.