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Carers across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole urged to sign up for support

“You’re looking after someone, but who’s looking after you?” That’s the message to thousands of unpaid carers across Dorset as a campaign is launched to raise awareness of the support available to residents.

It is estimated that there are almost 83,000 unpaid carers across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole who look after a loved one, neighbour or friend. Many of those residents do not seek help or are unaware that there is a dedicated service available to them offering free information, support and advice, as well as other beneficial services.

The campaign launch coincides with National Carers’ Rights Day (25 November 2016), and sees six carers from across the county fronting a campaign to encourage more unpaid carers to come forward and seek support.

Carers living in the area can access help from their local authority’s carers’ support service which offer services including:

  • Advice and information 
  • Carer newsletters
  • Events and activities
  • Respite support
  • Carer discount card

Councillor Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care, Borough of Poole, said: 

“So often carers are so busy looking after a loved one that they forget about themselves and the impact that providing care is having on them. It’s so important that they know there is help out there, and we hope to see many of them taking advantage of the wealth of support available.”

Residents can find out more information about the carers’ service at: www.crispweb.org or by calling: 01202 458204.

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