Family carers in Fenland have a new support network aimed at giving them help and information as well as a voice to help shape the services they need.
Family Carer Network (FCN) has been set up by Carers Trust Cambridgeshire - thanks to a one-year £10,000 lottery grant from Awards for All.
The new group – meeting in March in November – is for unpaid, informal family carers throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and aims to flag up the issues they face and help influence the health and social services they need.
Because so many carers feel isolated, the network will also run health and well-being sessions, giving them a break from caring, as well as practical support and advice.
Fenland has more than 10,500 family carers who care for someone who is ill, frail or has a disability or substance misuse problem.
Nearly a third of them provide 50 or more hours unpaid care a week.
Most are aged 25-64 but around 700 are aged up to 24 and 2,700 are aged 65 and over.
“Family Carer Network will ensure carers are properly listened to and recognised and that their views are heard loud and clear by health and social services decision makers across the region,” said Dr Helen Brown, Chief Executive of Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, which is getting FCN started.
“If you are a Fenland family carer, please come and join us at our meeting in March next month. There will also be online communication.
“We’re here for you – tell us what you want and need.”
Family Carer Network meets at March Community Centre on Friday November 1 at 2.30pm to 4.30pm. The theme is Young Carers and Mental Health, however, family carers of all ages are invited to come along for advice and information.
• For more details contact Carers Trust Cambridgeshire on 0845 241 0954 or visit: www.carerstrustcambridge.org.uk to find out more.