Referral Process and Criteria for all services listed below
If you are working with a carer and wish to refer them to Halton Carers Centre, please download either the Adult Carer Referral Form or Young Carers Referral Form, which can be completed by a member of staff together with the carer. Alternatively, telephone, or email the details of the carer to us and we will contact the carer directly to complete the form. Please obtain consent from the carer first.
To access our service:
- Young and Adult Carers must care for someone who lives in Halton
- Carers must not be paid for their caring role
- Young Carers must be aged over 4
- Adult Carers must be aged over 18
Halton Carers’ Centre works closely with a wide range of voluntary and statutory organisations in Halton.
We provide Carer Awareness Training for organisations to help identify hard to reach carers. We can also provide leaflets, posters and newsletters to help raise awareness of the service and support we offer.
With individual carers consent we have a referral protocol in place with Halton Borough Council and the NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group. We will also signpost and refer carers to organisations including Alzheimer’s Society and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau to name a few.
If you are an organisation and would like us to provide a Carer Awareness Training Session please contact Lisa Horrocks on 01928 580182.
Carers’ Personalised Break Fund
Halton Carers’ Centre manages a fund from NHS Halton to provide small grants of up to £150 for carers, called The Carers’ Personalised Break Fund. Our Carers’ Personalised Break Fund Worker is Rose Bellair, who manages all aspects of this funding.
The funding is available to enable carers to take some time off for themselves or to relieve a burden that they have and is available to all carers who care for someone who lives in Halton. The grant must not replace statutory funding or cover costs incurred by the person being cared for.
If you are a professional, working with a carer, who you feel could benefit from this fund, please download the Personalised Carers’ Break Application Form together with the Application Guidelines. As a professional you may have enough information to recommend a carer for funding from the Carers Personalised Break Fund. You can support the application with the Carers’ Personalised Break Referral Application Form / Supporting Statement.
Once you have completed the Application Form with the carer, please return to us at Halton Carers’ Centre, 62/64 Church Street Runcorn WA7 1LD.
The Adult Carers Personalised Break Funding Panel meet fortnightly on Fridays to consider and decide applications and allocate funding. The Panel is made up of existing carers who have received training to look at anonymised applications in an impartial manner. They then make a joint decision about allocation of funding. There is an appeal process for carers who are unhappy with the panel’s decision. Requests for an appeal should be made to Personalised Break Fund Worker Rose Bellair.
The Young Carers Personalised Break Funding Panel are made up of Young Carers who also meet fortnightly on Thursdays to consider and decide applications.
We produce quarterly newsletters for young carers and adult carers. The newsletters are distributed to 5,500 carers and over 100 organisations. If your organisation would like to place an article in the newsletter please contact Cathy Harper on 01928 580182, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The following support is offered to staff working with children:
- Young Carers’ Support Workers can attend schools and colleges to raise awareness of young carers amongst students.
- give presentations to staff in order to provide them with further information about young carers and the service we offer.
- liaise and work in partnership with schools in order to support individual young carers with their education.
- are involved in Team Around the Family (TAF’s) in order to provide an holistic family approach.
For more information or to arrange a visit from one of our Young Carers’ Support Workers please contact the office on 01928 580182 or email the relevant worker, by clicking on the Staff page for contact details.
The following documents provide invaluable information for organisations and agencies working with Young Carers:
- Halton Protocol for Young Carers and their Families
- Halton Young Carers’ Strategy 2016-2019
GPs and Primary Care
The National Carers’ Strategy identified the NHS as being the single most important point of contact for many carers.
How referring carers to Halton Carers Centre will help you:
Research shows that carers who are well informed and supported contact the most relevant professional or service and are less demanding on their GP and Primary Care Team.
Carers who provide high levels of care are more than twice as likely to suffer from poor health. Enabling them to access specialist support can prevent them from becoming high intensity users of health services.
Our staff will liaise with other services, agencies and professionals for carers relieving health professionals of the need to do this.
Good information about the condition of the person they care for is one of the most important things for carers. We can help by providing general information about health conditions and referring carers on to other organisations (eg. Alzheimer’s Society, Stroke Association).
Our Hospital Worker Lucia Urquhart who works across Halton, Warrington and Whiston Hospitals to help identify carers as soon as they are admitted.
For more contact Lucia Urquhart Telephone: 01928 580182
If you work with families with mental health issues that would benefit from our service to learn more information or to arrange a visit from one of our staff, please contact the relevant worker, by clicking on the Staff page for contact details.