New digital resource for carers within the horticultural community from Perennial

Those responsible for caring for someone else within the horticultural community can now access a free online tool through the charity Perennial, to help them manage caring responsibilities effectively and give them peace of mind.

Personalised support and information, hands-on guides and useful tools are available to everyone working with plants, trees, flowers or grass who is looking after someone who can't look after themselves.

Clare Downs, Perennial’s Head of Preventative Services says: “We’ve teamed up with Carers UK to offer a supportive resource that provides practical, emotional and financial information to people working in horticulture and their families who are caring for others. Looking after someone who can't look after themselves can impact your health, your job, your finances and your social life. We hope this specialist tool will help carers within our community to build networks of support, find information relevant to their needs, stay resilient themselves and manage the care they give more effectively.”

Having the right information at the right time can make a huge difference to both carers and the person they look after. Carers can create an account to access and combine Carers UK products and resources with their own care support information.

The Carers UK Digital Resource includes a care co-ordination app called Jointly, that helps those responsible to set up a ‘circle of care’ around the person they care for, so everyone is kept in the loop and important information is centrally shared. There’s also ‘How to’ guides and resources covering key topics such as health and wellbeing, technology and work, as well as five ‘About Me’ e-learning courses on building emotional resilience and finding support, and a guide to caring which gives tailored advice. Plus, a Financial Planning tool to help manage the costs associated with caring.

To access the free resource, go to carersdigital.org and create a personal account using Perennial’s special free access code DGTL2211.

For more information head to perennial.org.uk/care

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