Carers Information Session: Welfare Rights

1pm to 2pm on Wednesday 26 January 2022

Are you an unpaid carer who would like to understand more about your welfare rights and maximise your income?

Carers are people who care unpaid for a family member, friend or neighbour, who, because of a long term illness, disability or neurological difference, could not manage without this support. The illness can be a physical or mental health condition or an addiction.

People can become carers at different ages and stages of life. A carer does not have to live with the person they care for. Being a carer is different from being a paid worker providing health or social care. Many carers find themselves juggling paid work with unpaid caring responsibilities, including parents of children with additional support needs. Perhaps you are a carer?

East Lothian Council and Carer Positive initiatives have teamed up with Carers of East Lothian (CoEL) to bring you this information event, which is open to all Council employees who are also carers:     

The Session will cover:

  • East Lothian Council Healthy Working Lives and Carer Positive initiatives and why they are relevant for carers
  • Carers of East Lothian: Who We Are and What We Do; Jess Wade, CoEL CEO
  • Overview of Welfare Rights and Benefits Entitlements for Carers; Lisa McIlwraith, CoEL Welfare Rights Coordinator
  • Overview of local grants for carers: Breaks from Caring, Scot Spirit, Financial Insecurity Fund
  • Time for Questions

To register to join this virtual event please email

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If you work in a building-based setting, please print off this poster and display it where colleagues can see it. Thank you. 🙂