I love our Carers TLC Group. They are very special people who give selflessly and give me a sense of perspective. But there are many people out their who don't recognise themselves as carers and missing out on valuable support (and our Carers TLC!!!). Can you take a moment to read this from Brana Thorn at Devon Carers…
One in eight adults in the UK is an unpaid carer and will be giving support to a family member, partner or friend who may be ill, have a disability or is frail. People don’t always recognise the fact that they are carers as they say that they are only doing what they need to do as a mother, daughter or as a husband.
Carers can find themselves doing all sorts of extra tasks like offering physical, practical or emotional support, personal care, physical help, sorting out financial matters. Three in five of us will be a carer at some point in our lives.
We know that there are many adults and young people caring for others in Exeter, who may not recognise that they are actually carers and so not accessing the help that is available. We know that carers may have a reduction in their income as they arent able to work as much and may get into debt as a result of caring. Often carers feel stressed and are prone to depression.
There are many voluntary organisations who can offer support to carers and in particular Devon Carers can point you in the right direction for support, information and advice. To find out more call or visit 08456 434 435 or www.devoncarers.org.uk
There will also be an event for carers on Friday 29 November from 1 to 3pm at the Hub on the Green at 8, Cathedral Close, between ASK and Southernhay. Its being held on Carers’ Rights Day as an opportunity for people who are looking after someone to find out what support is available in Exeter, as well as have a light lunch and may be even some pampering.
Everyone is welcome! If you already know about support for carers then please bring someone you may know with you who is caring but may not realise.