There are an estimated 18,000 unpaid carers in West Cumbria, caring for family members and friends who would not be able to manage without their support.
Carers like 15 year old Kate who cares for her Mum who has depression and liver damage from alcohol abuse. Kate has to look after her young siblings and is struggling with her exams. Kate would like to go to university but is worried about leaving her family behind.
Carers like Alan, who is 76 and cares for his wife Julie, who has dementia. Alan has arthritis and worries about leaving Julie alone to attend medical appointments.
We support carers like Kate and Alan by providing breaks away from their caring roles. The money we receive from donations is used to fund trips and breaks for our carers. We organise activities such as ice skating for young carers and relaxation courses for adult carers.
We are able to provide information and advice to carers in the form of benefits clinics, informal training courses and other general advice.
Your support can help us to help carers maintain their own health and welfare. It is estimated that 33% of Carers have delayed or cancelled their own medical treatment as a result of their caring role. We provide respite sitters to enable Carers to attend medical appointments knowing that the person they care for is safe.
£5 could pay for a Young Carer like Kate to go on an Ice Skating Trip with other Young Carers, to give her a much needed break away.
£10 could pay for a Carer like Alan to attend a Relaxation Session with a trained therapist, to help reduce stress levels and the risk of stress induced illnesses.
£25 could help pay for a Young Carer to attend a Healthy Eating Course to give them the skills need to prepare nutritious meals for themselves and their families.