Derbyshire carers urged to seek out extra support

There's concerns too many carers in Derbyshire are suffering in silence, as a voluntary group claims thousands of people in the county don't realise there's support available to help with caring for a loved one.

Derbyshrie Carers association are launching a drive as part of Carer's week 2019 to get more people to contact them if they're in need of more support.

Helen Weston is the association's business development manager. She believes many people don't even realise they are a carer: "A lot of people don't see themselves as a carer. They see themselves as a family member or a friend who's taking care of a loved one.

"It's only usually when there's been a crisis or an impact on their health or wellbeing that carers identify themselves so we're trying to make people aware that there are services available for them.

"Derbyshire has one of the highest ratios of carers per population but only 20,000 carers are known to support services like Derbyshire Carers Association so there's a lot of carers out there who don't see themselves as a carer, or don't know that there's support available to help them or their family.

"If you are a carer or you know someone who is caring, please let them know about services such as Derbyshire Carers Association, we are a voluntary organisation, our services are free and we are there to ensure our carers have a good quality of life alongside caring."

You can find out more about Carer's week and Derbyshire carer's association here

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