Carers Week 9 – 15th June 2014

Carers Week  logoCarers don’t choose to become carers. Many feel they are just doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after a relative or friend and just getting on with it. But taking on a caring role can mean facing a life of poverty, isolation, frustration, ill health and depression.

Many carers don’t even see themselves as carers. They don’t ask for help and they are completely hidden from support services. The majority struggle alone and do not know that help is available to them.

Carers Support Centre Bristol & South Gloucestershire works locally to support unpaid family carers through a range of services. This includes a specialist information and advice line; help with forms and accessing local services; counselling; training courses and groups; preparing for hospital discharge; getting a break; and the Carers Emergency Card.

Keith Sinclair, Chief Executive, said: “Most carers first contact us by phone on CarersLine and, when they do, they are often near breaking point. Our support workers guide them through the range of services available to make sure they are getting the best support.

Our message to someone who is caring for a relative or friend is: don’t wait for a crisis. Find out what support is available now.”

Look out for Carers Week posters and information in pharmacies, GP surgeries and libraries. For more information:
CarersLine: 0117 965 2200

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