New web­site launched to help sup­port city’s car­ers

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - BY JON BRADY

A NEW web­site that of­fers sup­port to car­ers in Dundee is be­ing launched to­day, one of sev­eral events mark­ing Car­ers Week in the city.

The Car­ers of Dundee web­site, which is now live, pro­vides one-to-one, group and tele­phone sup­port to those who are look­ing af­ter oth­ers to en­sure they take care of their own health as well as that of oth­ers.

Work­ers at the ser­vice can also pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on fi­nan­cial sup­port and other so­cial ser­vices, as well as pro­vid­ing ad­vice for spe­cific con­di­tions such as de­men­tia and cancer.

This week marks Car­ers Week across the UK, with hun­dreds of events tak­ing place across the coun­try to high­light the of­ten un­recog­nised work per­formed by the coun­try’s 6.5 mil­lion un­paid car­ers.

The web­site launch was tak­ing place to­day at the Dundee Car­ers Cen­tre on the Sea­gate, which pro­vides those who care for oth­ers with an es­sen­tial source of sup­port and train­ing.

Stacey Clark, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and qual­ity man­ager at the cen­tre, said: “Car­ers Week pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for us to show car­ers how much they are val­ued and to recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tion they make to the city day in day out.”

Un­paid car­ers can of­ten feel un­der phys­i­cal and men­tal strain whilst look­ing af­ter loved ones, ac­cord­ing to re­search con­ducted by eight char­i­ties to mark Car­ers Week.

The study found that 72% of all car­ers in the coun­try had ex­pe­ri­enced poor men­tal health as a re­sult of car­ing, while 61% said their phys­i­cal health had wors­ened.

He­lena Herk­lots, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the char­ity Car­ers UK, said: “With­out the un­paid care pro­vided ev­ery year by fam­ily and friends, our health and care ser­vices would col­lapse.

“Yet the phys­i­cal and men­tal strain of car­ing, with­out enough sup­port, is jeop­ar­dis­ing car­ers’ abil­ity to care in the fu­ture.”

Car­ers of Dundee has been funded through the Dundee Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship (HSCP).

The Car­ers (Scot­land) Act 2016, which came into law in April, put a le­gal duty on coun­cils to pro­vide sup­port to un­paid car­ers.

Coun­cil­lor Ken Lynn, chair­man of the Dundee HSCP, said: “We need Dundee cit­i­zens to think about them­selves, their neigh­bours, fam­ily and friends and to help them recog­nise them­selves as car­ers.”

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