Call to help those who care

Michelle Smith, chief officer from Blackpool Carers' Centre
Michelle Smith, chief officer from Blackpool Carers' Centre
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BLACKPOOL Carers Centre is backing a call by a national charity for more help for carers.

The Carers Trust, of which Blackpool Carers Centre is a member, has warned carers’ needs are in grave danger of being ignored – with a rise in the official numbers of those willing to help.

In November, the Government allocated an extra £400m over four years to provide breaks for carers.

Annual reports by Carers Trust, the UK’s largest carers charity, since then, have shown primary care trusts nationally have consistently failed to show how they are using that money to support those in the sector.

Michelle Smith, chief officer from Blackpool Carers Centre, based on Robson Way, said: “The rise in the official number of carers means there is a need for even more support for carers to be made available.

“Carers continually put more back into society than they take out.

“At Blackpool Carers Centre, we work with more than 2,500 people, providing a variety of support services for young carers, families and adult carers.

“We work closely with NHS Blackpool, which funds many of our services and we hope this funding continues as we are set to face a change in the way services are commissioned. We are keen to work closely with the newly-formed clinical commissioning groups to ensure carers get the support they deserve.”

The Carers Trust has issued recommendations to Government, to ensure carers’ needs are taken into account by commissioning groups.

For more information contact the Blackpool Carers Centre:

Telephone: 01253 393748