There are six million carers in the UK, many caring for a family member, friend or loved one, and it can be a tough, demanding and often lonely job.
People take on caring responsibilities alongside full-time jobs and sometimes carers need help and support too.
However, people don’t have to solider on alone. At Rosie Cooper’s recent Community Advice & Information Day, 12 previously unknown carers spoke to representatives from West Lancashire Carers Centre and will now receive help and support.
Commenting on this, MP Rosie said:
“As a carer myself I know the demands people face. Caring for a loved one can be a draining experience. It is physically and mentally exhausting.
“The Community Advice Day shows that there are still so many people who are taking on the role of caring for a loved one without thinking of themselves as an actual carer. If 12 carers can be found in four hours there must be so many more out there not receiving support.
“This time of year people come together to celebrate with their family and friends but for a lot of people the festive period can be an extremely lonely time of the year. Those carers out there shouldn’t suffer in silence. They do a fantastic job and are often the unsung heroes of our community.”
West Lancashire Carers were delighted to find 12 previously unknown carers and said:
“There are 13,426 carers in West Lancashire according to the latest census, an increase of 8% since 2001, and we currently support about 1,700. This means there are a huge number of carers across West Lancashire who could benefit from support, advice or just someone to talk to about being a carer.
“At Rosie’s Community Advice & Information Day we identified 12 carers who were previously unknown to us. We would encourage anyone who has caring responsibilities for a family member or friend to get in touch with us at West Lancashire Carers Centre. Our message to any carer is that you don’t have to go through this on your own. There is help and support available.”