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Carers in the Midlands find support through regional service

22nd March 2016

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

Over 800 caregivers in Nottinghamshire have received help from the Nottinghamshire Carers Hub, a service run by the council that offers free support, guidance and training to those caring for the elderly in the area.

Later in life, our usual day-to-day tasks can become more of a challenge and, admittedly, we could do with a little more help around the home. While a stair lift can get us from point A to point B comfortably in the home, there are other tasks where the help of a professional care provider is greatly appreciated.

 

Now, their hard work is being recognised and supported, in part, by the Nottinghamshire Carers Hub who provide help to caregivers across the region. Alongside free career building training and advice, the service connects professionals with useful information to access grants and short break accommodation, and even memberships to health facilities such as gyms in the area.

Additionally, the service is helping other carer groups in the county to offer peer support and a number of volunteers have come on board – carrying out regular visits to professionals’ homes to share their experiences of care and reach out with guidance.

Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s adult social care and health committee, Councillor Muriel Weisz, said: “Caring for a loved one can have a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of the carer so this service aims to reduce social isolation by creating carer networks and allow them to recharge their batteries through breaks and health spa memberships.”

The Carers Hub has already provided support to more than 800 caregivers in Nottinghamshire and has plans to keep on growing, starting drop-in sessions and groups in the county for those who don’t currently have access to this kind of help. They also want to encourage more volunteers to join the cause, offering a valuable resource to carers in the north of the county.