Carer Assessments and Grants

If you care for an adult in Birmingham and caring has a major impact on your life, you can talk to Birmingham Carers Hub about the help and support you may need. This is called a carer’s assessment which Birmingham Carers Hub undertakes on behalf of the Birmingham City Council. This can happen even if the adult you care for is unwilling to accept help.

To work out what support would be most helpful, we need to consider:

  • What help the person you care for needs
  • What help you are providing or you intend to provide (for example, when the person you care for is discharged from hospital)
  • What help you require to maintain your caring role
  • What help Birmingham Carers Hub and other organisations may provide including Birmingham City Council
  • Your wish to work, undertake training/education or leisure activities.

Your assessment gives you the chance to discuss your needs.

You should also be able to contribute to the discussion of the needs of the person you care for so your needs are taken into account when planning services or options for them.

If the person you care for is not receiving any care services, they may benefit from having their own assessment. You can arrange this by contacting Birmingham City Council on Telephone: 0121 303 1234 Or Email: acap@birmingham.gov.uk

If you care for an adult, you can ask for an assessment at any time. If your situation changes and you need more help, you can ask for a reassessment.

You do not have to have a carer’s assessment; it will not stop the person you care for from receiving services.

You can ask a friend or representative to be with you for your assessment. You are entitled to a written copy of your carer’s assessment.

When you contact Birmingham Carers Hub to request a carer’s assessment, we will undertake the assessment by asking you questions about your caring situation and the impact it has on your wellbeing. We will assist you to consider the options that may assist improve your wellbeing as well as remaining safe and resilient in your caring role.

There is no charge for a carer’s assessment and Carers are not currently charged for support they may receive.

  • Information, advice and support from us or carers’ organisations
  • Welfare entitlement support
  • Referral to other specialist groups which provide expert advice and support about health, housing, benefits, employment, education, training and leisure opportunities
  • Referral to carers’ support groups
  • Registration for Emergency Carers Support Service
  • Training for your caring role
  • In certain circumstances, counselling or practical assistance to support you in your caring role
  • Involvement as a carer in consultations and service development
  • Allocation of a ‘Carer Wellbeing Budget’ to address a particular need

Birmingham City Council has closed the Carers Grants scheme so carer (short break) grants are no longer available. However, because of the Council’s ongoing commitment to support carers, they have transferred funds to Birmingham Carer Hub in order to offer ‘Carer Wellbeing Budgets’ to eligible carers.

As part of undertaking a carer’s assessment (caring for an adult only), your needs as a carer will be identified. We will agree with you how these needs will best be met and what specific outcomes you want to achieve. Your outcomes can be met in a number of ways including with the offer of support and services highlighted above. It may also include allocating you a ‘Carer Wellbeing Budget’.

Depending on your caring role there will be 3 bands to determine your ‘Carers Wellbeing Budget’ allocation: band 1 (£100) based on carers caring up to 10 hours per week; band 2 (£150) based on carers caring up to 50 hours per week and band 3 (£250); for carers caring over 50 hours per week.

If you care for a child with a disability, Birmingham City Council will consider your own needs as part of the family assessment or you can request a separate assessment by contacting Children’s services on 0121 303 1888.

Birmingham Carers Hub can offer a Wellbeing Check for parent carers and advise you about the support we can provide:

  • Information, advice and support from us or other organisations
  • Welfare entitlement support
  • Referral to other specialist groups which provide expert advice and support about health, housing, benefits, employment, education, training and leisure opportunities
  • Referral to carers’ support groups
  • Registration for Emergency Carers Support Service
  • Training for your caring role
  • In certain circumstances, counselling or practical assistance to support you in your caring role
  • Information on short breaks

If you are under 18 and you are taking on a lot of responsibility as a result of a condition that a grandparent, parent or sibling has, it is important that your needs are looked at too. You can contact Spurgeons who offer support to young carers: Telephone 0121 227 7000 or Email birminghamyc@spurgeons.org