Carer charity one of few to get funding

By Ian Dipple Friday 19 July 2013 Updated: 19/07 09:47

A CHARITY has received more than £100,000 of lottery funding to help support the borough’s army of carers.

Carers’ Careline, based in the Ecumencial Centre in Redditch town centre, was one of just nine projects in the West Midlands to be awarded money this time around by the Big Lottery Fund.

The grant of £118,273 will be used to fund a three-year project which will deliver 100 drop-in sessions, 100 counselling sessions, training for volunteers and health traing for carers on specific illnesses to help them understand their loved ones’ condition better.

The charity will also hold four awareness raising sessions a year designed to target the number of hidden carers across the borough – people who are looking after a family member, friend or loved one but consider it just part of their duty – to ensure they are accessing financial and other support available.

There are 8,889 people currently classed as a carer in Redditch, saving the county’s health and social care sector an estimated £164million a year.

Patricia Griffin became involved with Carers’ Careline when her husband became ill with Parkinson’s Disease and said the charity had been hugely supportive while he had been in hospital.

“I could talk to people other than family and they would just listen and be supportive. It helped me a great deal. I became involved with making the lunches for the monthly meetings and even though my husband has now passed away, I’ve carried on with it as it gives me the excuse to go and see everyone. They are doing a lovely job.”

Diane Thomas, from Carers’ Careline, said the funding they had received was crucial to the work they did.

“More and more there’s a need for what we do, it’s one of the key social changes with an ageing population,” she said.

“Everything we do is to help our carers in their caring role to support them and their physical and emotional wellbeing.

“If they feel confident in their caring role then they are less likely to say they can’t cope.”

Contact Carers’ Careline on 01527 66177 for help and support.

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