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What is a carer?
A carer is someone looking after a friend or family member who is ill, disabled, has mental health problems or is misusing drugs or alcohol, and could not manage without help.
There are 6.5 million carers in the UK. *
What is a Carer Friendly Community?
Carers save the UK economy £132 billion a year but many carers are struggling with little or no help, facing cuts in the services and benefits they rely on. This means that community support for carers is becoming even more crucial.
Carer friendly communities are aware about the issues that carers face. From shops and cafés to GP surgeries and hospitals, members of the community are geared up to support carers and recognise the invaluable role they play.
It could be a hairdresser who gives out leaflets to customers about their local Carers’ Centre. It could be a GP who lets every carer know about the services available to them. It could be a local business who changes their employment policies to accommodate staff who are carers.
These examples could make the world of difference to carers who are finding it hard to cope. Is your community carer friendly?
What can you do?
This Carers Week, join our Thunderclap to celebrate carers and raise awareness of their valuable contribution in our community.
Sign up now and help make your community carer friendly!
If you are a carer, find information and advice from Newcastle Carers: http://www.newcastlecarers.org.uk/
Follow us on Twitter: @NCLCarers
*Information from Carers UK, Policy Briefing: October 2015.
Newcastle Carers is an independent charity supporting people 18 and over who care for someone living in Newcastle upon Tyne. We offer a range of services to support carers, including information and advice, groups, events and training.
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