Could You Be One of 1000s of Unregistered Carers?

Thousands of people caring for a loved one in North East Lincolnshire could be missing out on vital help and advice – that’s the message to the public this National Carers’ Week.

Estimates suggest that around 16,000 people in the area are carers, some as young as eight, are giving personal, emotional or financial help to a friend or relative because they have an illness, disability or substance misuse problem.

The North East Lincolnshire Carers’ Support Service is hosting a week-long programme of activities for carers during 9th to 13th June 2014, including an open day for anyone who is interested in learning more about the service.

Operating seven days a week, the service is keen to help even more carers receive the support they are entitled to, including counselling, finance and benefits advice, befriending, support groups and holistic therapies.

“We know that there are plenty of people who are acting in a caring role, but are not formally registered as a carer,” said Helen Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive for North East Lincolnshire Carers’ Support Service.

“Many people don’t consider themselves to be a carer because they’re helping someone they love, but we’re here to help take the pressure off, whether it’s to offer advice on carers’ benefits, counselling or just someone to talk to.

“We’re here seven days a week over the phone or at the centre in Grimsby. Why not come along to our open day on Thursday 12th June between 10am and 3pm to see if you could benefit from our support?”

Nicola Pullman, Service Lead for Carers and Communities for North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “Carers play a huge role in keeping vulnerable people safe and well, so it’s only right that we give them the support they need to live as normal a life as possible.

“It is estimated that carers in North East Lincolnshire save the local economy around £283 million. Their support is invaluable so we will continue to work with local carers and involve them in the ongoing development of new services.”

The Carers’ Support Service Open Day takes place on Thursday 12th June. Members of the public will be able to meet staff, have a look around, visit a range of information stands, speak with an adviser from the Citizens Advice Bureau and have a taster therapy.

There is also an information stand at Sainsbury’s supermarket all week.

The Carers’ Support Centre at 1 Town Square, Grimsby is open between 8am and 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, between 8am and 7pm on Thursday and 10am and 2pm on Saturday.

Alternatively contact the Carers’ Support Service on 01472 242277 between 5pm and 7pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, between 10am and 2pm on Sunday.

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