West Cumbria Carers – Supporting People Who Care!

DO you care for a family member, friend, or neighbour who could not manage without your help? Caring is not a 9-5 role and can bring all kinds of challenges. […]

DO you care for a family member, friend, or neighbour who could not manage without your help?

Caring is not a 9-5 role and can bring all kinds of challenges.

Having the right information at the right time can make a real difference when you are looking after someone.

The demands of being a carer can be huge: a sense of hopelessness and isolation, no breaks or time off, poor emotional and physical well-being, anxiety or depression.

West Cumbria Carers is a registered charity which has been supporting carers in Allerdale and Copeland for more than 23 years.

In that time we have helped literally thousands of people in their caring role (from ages 5 to over 90), effecting great change through a number of different initiatives.

We’ve supported people like 15-year-old Scott, who cares for his mum Linda, who has MS.

We’ve worked with Scott’s school to get him some extra help to stop him falling too far behind with his studies.

We provided Sally with a place on one of our relaxation courses, which helped to reduce the stress she was feeling in caring for her elderly father who has dementia.

We’ve also enabled her to access information from Adult Social Care and apply for new benefits.

Nine-year-old Kate helps to look after her autistic younger brother, and we’ve given her the chance to have some fun and meet other children in similar situations through our Young Carers trips.

Last year West Cumbria Carers supported more than 2,000 carers.

But we know there are many people who do not consider themselves to be a carer and are simply doing what they feel they should be doing, unaware that support is available to help them in their vital role.

Our trained and experienced staff understand the difficulties and frustrations carers face every single day.

They provide a listening ear, allowing carers the opportunity to talk about their caring role in confidence, and give them information about the range of free services we offer:

  • An assessment to fully understand the carer’s needs
  • One-to-one support with our expert project workers
  • A personalised support plan
  • Benefits information and assistance with completing forms
  • Short-term practical support
  • First aid and other training to help in their caring role
  • Signposting and referral to other services and organisations
  • Relaxation and mindfulness sessions
  • Access to our volunteer services – respite sitting, volunteer drivers and counselling
  • Regular newsletters with local and national carers issues
  • Social events and activities, giving carers a break from their caring role

If you would like more information or to register as a carer, please call us on 01900 821 976 or visit our website at www.westcumbriacarers.co.uk.west-cumbria-carers