Although Neil grew up supporting his dad to take care of his brother, it was a steep learning curve to be now a sole carer to both. Neil has struggled to come to terms with the challenges this brings.
Neil is supported through work and they have supported him to be flexible in his working pattern. When asked if Neil enjoys caring he states, “I do, I do enjoy it, I enjoy it more because I’ve got my workplace supporting me.” Neil says “In 2017 we had heavy snow, Dad was in the QE, my brother had to get to college, and I had no way of getting into work. I rang them up and they told me “your family comes first, just do what you have to do, have the day off as paid holiday”. I was then able to take the weekend to travel back and forth from the hospital and care for my brother and not have to worry about work which was so helpful! They understood as soon as I explained it. Now they understand my situation they let me keep my mobile on the shop floor just in case I need to answer the phone. They have been really flexible with my work pattern.”
Neil has struggled to find out what support he can get and reached out to Birmingham Carers Hub to learn more.
Neil is keen to access support groups and meet other people, he says “Sometimes I feel like I’m alone, so having someone else in my area who may have been through the situation and can help me and then I can help them when they need help would be great.” however his anxiety means he struggles to make the next step. To help support this, we have been able to introduce him to Rosie who leads the Birmingham Museums Creative Carers sessions and he is now more comfortable to attend.
If you want to know about more support and attend one of our activities, then get in touch with Birmingham Carers Hub 0333 006 9711 or visit our website www.forwardcarers.org.uk/events