Become a member
Can I join BCA?
Membership is free and is open to carers who live in Birmingham or who care for someone who lives in Birmingham.
What will I get?
As a member of BCA you will receive the following:
- Newletters and information about events
- Invitations to Carers Forums where you can speak to the top people in Social Services and the NHS and influence future service plans
- An AGM where you can have your say about BCA and vote in Executive Committee Elections
- Have access to people who can get your concerns raised and sorted
What is a carer?
A carer is someone who looks after a partner, a parent, a child, a relative, a friend or a neighbour and who does not get paid for caring.
They look after someone who has a long term illness, a disability, a mental health problem, a learning disability or is frail due to old age.
Some carers provide a few hours a week to help someone who is unable to do everything on their own.
Many people do not consider themselves a Carer.
Comments such as, “I do Mum’s shopping because she can’t get out now” and, “I keep an eye on the old man next door” are commonplace.
Many people in need of help are supported by their families; husbands, wives, sons, daughters, aunts and uncles just assume that it is expected that they will look after a loved one.
They are Carers.
Birmingham has an estimated 100000 carers.
Our membership is around 1000 so there are many more carers that we need to find.