Calling all carers - we’re here to help

June 05 2016

A FISHPONDS-based charity is encouraging people to get in touch as part of Carers Week which runs from June 6-12.

A FISHPONDS-based charity is encouraging people to get in touch as part of Carers Week which runs from June 6-12.
The Carers Support Centre is based at the Vassall Centre in Gill Avenue, Fishponds and helps people who look after a friend or family member.
They are hoping to reach out to people who may be struggling to cope in a caring role.
A spokesperson from the centre said: “A carer is someone who provides support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. All the care they give is unpaid.
“Anyone can become a carer. Many feel they are doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after their mother, son, or best friend and just getting on with it.
“Caring can have a big impact on your life, and this is only likely to increase as time goes by. Even if you are managing now, don’t put off asking for help. Find out what support is available now, don’t wait until your situation reaches a crisis point.”
The Carers Support Centre can help with benefits and financial advice as well as give support in gaining access to services and information about breaks and training.
They can also give you information about the Carers Emergency Card, a free service that can provide up to 72 hours of emergency support to the person being cared for in the event of the carer having an accident or emergency.