Petition to Jonathan Ashworth, Claire Kober, David Lammy, Theresa May MP
Holiday and respite entitlement for registered unpaid carerd
Registered unpaid carers are wholly dependent on the budgeting commission panel if they can receive the right respite entitlement for them and their loved one. Caring is a full-time time consuming job that doesn't stop at 5pm or starts at 8am and often cause tiredness ,stress and can leave carers feel left at their wits end and comprise the quality family time with their immediate offspring. Give unpaid carers the same entitlement of days of respite/breaks as working people a year without their needs pending on local authority funding. Caring is more then a full time job and carers should deserve the right of respite without having to plead for this from their local authority.
Petition to Theresa May MP
Care Assistants deserve a break too.
I have been a care assistant for just over 3 years. In this time i have worked for 4 different care companys. Each company has provided a different service but all have the same problems; unhappy staff and clients/customers. This is due to the endless hours we put in and the fact we are not allowed enough time to spend with the people that need us the most,the people that deserve our care. I don't want more money i just want to see care worker's less stressed with travel time or just time to spend with the people that pay our wages. They worry about us because they see we struggle. We carry on with a smile on our face but we aren't happy and where is our support? We are not asking alot as care provider's. We just need to stop accepting calls we can not cover and stick together. All we ask is we get the legal breaks we are in titled to and the travel time the services users pay for.
Petition to Northumbria Univeristy
A request to acknowledge additional support requirements for student carers
Who We Are: We are the student carer equality representatives within Northumbria University, representing the views and needs of student carers on campus. Both of us identify as carers, in so, we aim to improve student carers experiences at Northumbria. The National Union of Students (2013) ran a study on the barriers towards education unpaid carers face. The NUS defined a carer as: a student who provides unpaid support to a family or friend who could not manage without them. This support can include physical, emotional or financial tasks and do not have to be conducted within the home environment. We have been in this equality role for over two years now trying to change the experiences of student carers at Northumbria. Despite this, not much tangible work has been achieved due to red tape (bureaucracy) and the University taking too long to act on our requests. This is why this petition exists. We need you to sign so we can get the needs of student carers supported now. What We Propose: We propose the creation of a CSSR (Carer Student Support Report). This would function in the same way as the currently implemented DSSR (Disabled Student Support Report) which enables disabled students to access additional support and receive allowances in relation to assessments in accordance to their disability. These allowances may include late submissions or extra time in exams amongst others. Each CSSR would be overseen by student support and wellbeing who would make an assessment of the impact of the caring role on the student and provide appropriate support. Currently, DSSR’s are shared between tutors and university faculties so that every academic a student interacts with should be knowledgeable of the extra support needed. Justifications of Proposal: NUS (2013) reports that between 3-6% of the student population identify as carers. This is comparable to the 7% of undergraduate students that identify as disabled and receive disabled students allowance. Within Northumbria, this comparable amount of students can receive support through a DSSR whereas carers cannot. A carers experience in University can also be likened to a disabled student's experience. Both populations experience a very individualised circumstance within their lives which can affect their access to education. For instance, carers have been shown to experience chronic stress on a higher level than the typical student population which has been demonstrated to result in deficits in memory and processing of new information. Thus, carers may need more time to learn and demonstrate knowledge in a module than the typical population. Please sign and share now so that there is support available for student carers. Point of contact: If you have any questions please send them to: Rachel Whitehouserachel.firstname.lastname@example.orgLaurie Doyle-Davieslaurie.email@example.com
Petition to Graham Hodkinson (Director of Adult Social Services), Wirral borough council, Phil Davies, Christine Jones
Prevent Wirral Council from closing Disabled Adult Respite Centre - Wirral support reqd
My local Wirral Borough Council has included a saving of £155k in this year's proposed budget by closing its only Respite Centre for Adults with Learning and other severe disabilities. The loss of this vital service will devastate over 130 carers who, like my wife and I, care for our disabled loved ones 24/7. When our David who has Downs Syndrome uses Girtrell Court, he joins a well known community of caring staff and other service users who have become his friends. We know that he is in very safe and capable hands and we can enjoy a few nights of a near normal life which has been denied to us for the last 32 years - is this really too much for us to ask for ? Our council promises a vague replacement service in local private sector nursing homes. Carer research of these has proven them to be unsuitable and those carers who have used them have found them to be unreliable. Our demand is simply - retain the excellent Girtrell Court and its professional, caring staff until the council has researched carer and cared for needs, analysed, researched, costed and fully consulted on the suitability of any replacement offering - SOLUTION BEFORE DISSOLUTION. As full time carers, all families involved save the state and the council literally millions of pounds by looking after our loved ones. Wirral Residents and Voters - Please support us in this fight for social justice so that we can convince Wirral Borough Council to rethink. We do not need the additional stress of this ill considered austerity measure.