There are more than six million carers in Britain and approximately 110,000 of these live in Derbyshire.
They are unpaid and on call 24 hours per day seven days per week. Many people caring for a loved one don’t see themselves as carers, feeling that caring is part of their duty as a wife, husband, son or daughter.
Caring for someone can be very isolating as well as physically and mentally demanding.
There is help out there but many carers are unaware of what is available and how to access it.
On Wednesday, July 1, a representative from the Derbyshire Carers Association will be in the waiting room at Ivy Grove Surgery from 9am to 2pm and will be available to give one to one advice to anyone who needs it and will be giving out carer’s information packs outlining all the help available and how to access it.
Carers support groups have been established in many parts of the county and give carers the opportunity to discuss and share problems and experiences in an informal setting.
The Derbyshire Carers Association would be interested to know if there are any carers who feel that they would benefit from such a group being set up at the surgery.
Please pop in between 9am and 2 pm on Wednesday, July 1, have a chat and see what’s available to help carers in Derbyshire.