Charity which cares for carers

Carers Point activity worker Trisha Manning in the Teanlowe centre.

Carers Point activity worker Trisha Manning in the Teanlowe centre.

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FYLDE Coast carers are being reminded help is at hand.

Representatives from Blackpool-based charity n-compass North West marked Carers Rights Day on Friday, by manning stalls at two venues on the Fylde coast to raise awareness.

The theme for this year’s awareness event was getting help in tough times – with a focus on supporting carers to find financial help and making the most of technology.

There is an estimated 133,000 carers in Lancashire – looking after a loved one, relative, friend, or neighbour in an unpaid role – with only 12,000 identified and supported to understand their rights.

n-compass North West’s carers’ service, Carers Point is commissioned by Lancashire County Council to support adult carers across Fylde and Wyre. It supports carers to know their rights through one-to-one and group support.

For Carers Rights Day, members of Carers Point manned stalls in the Teanlowe Centre in Poulton and Oliver’s Restaurant at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. They hoped to spread the message to carers help is available, as well as raising awareness of what carers do among members of the public. Amanda Brooks, carers team manager at n-compass, said: “Carers Point is committed to supporting carers in their communities.

“We run an extensive outreach programme, which sees us at different venues four days a week – where carers have the opportunity to speak to a member of the team or have a coffee and chat with other carers. One-to-one support is available at a time and place suitable for the carer, often their homes.”

For information, hit www.ncompassnorthwest.co.uk or call 0345 688 7113.