Help local carersJune 30th, 2016
Over 4,500 carers in Bristol and South Gloucestershire carry a Carers Emergency Card. The card is used in the event of the carer having an accident or emergency. This ensures that the person they look after receives vital help through the local authority and this is a free service.
Cardholders are also able to access discounts as part of the Carers Emergency Card Benefits scheme. The scheme gives carers discounts and benefits from local businesses across Bristol and South Glos. Over 150 businesses have already signed up to the scheme, with more joining all the time. Over 150 local traders already offer discounts on days out, relaxation, therapies, retail and eating out. Carers show their Carers Emergency Card to claim discounts.
Keith Sinclair, Chief Executive of Carers Support Centre, said:
“ We are inviting businesses to support carers and show they are ‘carer-friendly’ by joining the Carers Emergency Card Benefits Scheme.
“Caring is an issue that touches many people. Locally, 2 out of 5 people will become carers at some time in their lives. There are 68,000 carers in Bristol and South Gloucestershire and the time and care they give saves local health and social care services a staggering £1.19 billion every year.”
Kingfisher Café, Fishponds, co-owner Jane Rose said:
“Supporting the Carers Emergency Card Benefits Scheme is our way of saying thank you to carers for all that they do.” (see image of carer Amy at the cafe)
Amy Flood is a carer who looks after her disabled son. She said:
“Having a Carers Emergency card has offered me real peace of mind, and these additional new discounts are a wonderful idea. It’s lovely to know that so many traders have opted in … it’s great for the local community, and being part of the scheme will hopefully see businesses benefit from some extra trade, too!” (see image of Amy with her son Josh)
Businesses in your area:
Art at Bristol
Harvest Natural Food
I love my PC
Poppers the Party Shop
Scoopaway Health Foods
T & PA Murray Ltd
The Fish Shop
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