Carers Rights Day

Carers Rights Day is an annual event which raises awareness of the needs and rights of carers and makes carers aware of where they can get help and support they are entitled to.

Whether you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while, it’s important you understand your rights and are able to access the support available to you as soon as you need it. Carers may find themselves needing to talk to health and social care providers; to negotiate with their employers on how to juggle work with caring; to deal with the intricacies of the benefits system or to consider how to fund future care costs.

Each year Swindon Carers Centre (SCC) holds a Carers Rights Day event to help carers in Swindon know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to. This year Carers Rights Day is on Thursday 21 November 2019, at The Pilgrim Centre in Regents Circus from 11am-2.30pm.

It will be a marketplace drop in-event to start with (like last year) but from 1pm SCC will be holding an engagement opportunity with Great Western Hospital which will be facilitated by Healthwatch Swindon around how to better inform practice in relation to reducing admissions and readmissions to hospital. 

Our planned engagement session with Swindon’s Clinical Commissioning Group has been cancelled due to purdah ahead of the forthcoming General Election. 

You can find more information about Carers Rights Day in the following links:
Attendee letter CRD 2019
Carers Rights Day Programme 2019











Thank you to everyone who came to support our 2018 Carers Rights Day which was a Market Place style event with stalls and a question and answer session with some of Swindon’s health and social care leaders. Carers, Commissioners, and partner organisations; including Swindon Borough Council, Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group, both Swindon MPs, Great Western Hospital, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, Citizens Advice Swindon, Swindon and Glos MIND, Swindon Advocacy Movement, Healthwatch Swindon, Swindon Learning Disability Partnership Board, Enham Trust, Swindon Circles, Swindon Trauma Group, volunteers from Nationwide Building Society and loads more! Thank you all.














A write up of the Question and Answer Session is available here.

For further information about Carers Rights Day click here.

Carers Rights Day 2017 in Swindon took place on Friday 24th November, with the theme, ‘Make Connections, Get Support’.








Swindon Carers Centre held a Carers Rights Day event to bring carers and local organisations together. The Carers Choir welcomed guests to the day with a wonderful performance.

Speakers included:

  • A service development and organisational update about Swindon Carers Centre by CEO Susanna Jones and Deputy CEO Fiona Prinzi
  • Sue Wald, Director of Adult Services at Swindon Borough Council
  • Nicki Millen, Accountable Officer at Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Robert Buckland MP and Justin Tomlinson MP








Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in a workshop activity to ensure their voice influences the new Carers Strategy for Swindon. Carers spoke about key challenges they experience in their caring roles and what would help to make their caring role more manageable. The day ended with lunch and the opportunity to network and talk informally.

A big thank you to everybody who attended the event and took part in the workshop; your feedback and views are so important in influencing local service development, to improve the wellbeing of people with caring responsibilities in and around Swindon and creating a community where carers are recognised, valued and supported.

Thank you also to Giuliano Virgilio and his Nationwide team of volunteers for assisting with the smooth running of the day!

Resources from Swindon Carers Centre Carers Rights Day:
Swindon Carers Centre – Carers Rights Day 2017
Swindon Borough Council – Simpler. Stronger. Social Care
Swindon CCG – Developing Accountable Care in Swindon
Carers Rights Day Workshop Feedback