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Support for carers at Christmas

Dedicated carer support workers can offer one-to-one help. Copyright: Carers Trust.

The Christmas period is a time for celebration – but if you are looking after someone with an illness or disability it can mean added demands. 

Carers Support Centre is a local charity dedicated to supporting unpaid carers in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. 

The organisation says this time of year can place extra demands on carers – and it is  important to find out what help is out there

A carer is someone who helps look after family or friends who could not manage without this help, It could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, or disabled or with mental health or substance misuse problems. 

Chief Executive of Carers Support Centre, Keith Sinclair, said: “Most carers first contact us through CarersLine and, when they do, they are often near breaking point.

“Our support workers guide them through the range of services available to make sure they are getting the best support. 

“Our message to someone who is caring for a relative or friend is: don’t wait for a crisis. Find out what support is available now.” 

If you or someone you know is a carer in need of help, contact CarersLine on  0117 965 2200 for information, advice and to access any of Carers Support Centre’s free services, email carersline@carerssupportcentre.org.uk  or visit www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk