The High Sheriff dropped into the Wellbeing Centre in Loughborough to participate in a group meeting arranged by The Carers Centre for Leicestershire and Rutland which provides essential support to unpaid carers.
Carers contribute estimated £162 billion unpaid work to the economy.
We heard a presentation by Sarah who explained the rights of carers and how to seek help and support. For some carers it is a revelation that they have rights even if looking after a loved one. It was privileged to meet the group, all of whom are carers, all of whom are remarkable in what they do. We spoke about the daily challenges they meet and struggles they encounter. They are immensely supportive of each other and able to share experiences and a laugh too as well as a welcome break.
The charity, with a deep understanding of the pressures of being a carer, helps to provide a responsive led service that supports caters for those who are struggling to cope with the impact of looking after a loved one. The service the charity provides is invaluable in helping many who can feel isolated and overwhelmed.
The charity has locations throughout Leicestershire and Rutland and the service is free and accessible for all unpaid adult carers whether they are caring long or short term, irrelevant of who they are caring for.
I am grateful to Nick and Kirsteen for making me so welcome.