An award-winning project to support those who care for a family member by arranging more breaks for carers has come to Stevenage.
Carers in Hertfordshire and Crossroads Care Hertfordshire North are supporting family and friend carers with services including advice, breaks and free courses, now available by a single referral from any GP surgery in Stevenage.
Carers need support because they’re often too busy worrying about the person they look after to think of themselves or have a break from the stresses of caring. But if you look after someone, it’s vital that you get the time and support to make sure you stay healthyand aren’t isolated from support. Even carers who don’t think they need helpare encouraged to find out about support now, instead of waiting until they’re struggling.
Mary Bishop, Practice Manager at Stanmore and Poplar Surgerysaid: “The carers we refer are being supported by an amazing range of services to meet their individual needs – I am so impressed by the tailored, personal supporteach carer receives. I would encourage any carers in Stevenage to talk to their GP and find out how beneficial this help can be.”
Local carer Diana cares for her son who is autistic and non-verbal, and has been supported through this scheme. She said “I received such kind and prompt service from both these charities. I have been given advice on helping my son sleep through the night and was referred to Children, Schools and Families for extra support. I am also discussing having a break for myself and funding to help me further my education. Although I still have things to sort out, the support I have had has been so helpful and I feel so much more confident than I did before.”
If you, or someone you know, carers for a family member or friend, find out more by asking your GP about a Carer Support Prescription
Sheelagh Taylor, Chief Executive said “This is an exciting and new opportunity to volunteer for a busy charity, develop skills and work as part of a team to raise funds and make a difference to the lives of carers.”
An Information Session about the Role of an Ambassador Volunteer is being planned. If you want to find out more and get involved please contact Jo Wilkinson on 01462 427010.