Carers reminded support available throughout winter - The Leamington Observer

Carers reminded support available throughout winter

Leamington Editorial 15th Jan, 2021   0

CARERS are being reminded support is available throughout winter.

Warwickshire County Council is urging those who care for another to register with the Carer Wellbeing Service which can help with support planning during lockdown.

The free service can provide emotional and practical support as well as access to the Carers Response Emergency Breaks Service (CRESS) – giving people peace of mind should they not be able to continue their caring responsibilities or need a break.

It is provided by Carers Trust Heart of England and funded by Warwickshire County Council.

County council leader Izzi Seccombe said: “For many the opportunity to take a break from their caring responsibility is a welcomed relief, particularly with everything that is going on with covid 19, combined with the demands and stresses of everyday life.

“We currently have more than 200 carers registered with the CRESS across the county. We would encourage anyone who is looking after a someone to sign up for this support, by registering now and having an emergency plan in place should the unexpected happen.”

Once a carer has been in touch, support staff from the service will arrange a visit to complete a support plan for both the person with caring responsibilities and the person they are responsible for.

Carers Trust chief executive Sonja Woodhouse said: “Many people who care for others tell us that, due to their caring commitments, they feel unable to attend GP or hospital appointments and often lose contact with wider family and friends, leading to feelings of loneliness and isolation.

“The CRESS team are able to support carers to ensure that their health and wellbeing needs are met and offers peace of mind that the person you care for will be looked after if you aren’t able to.”

Call 02476 632972 or visit for more information.

If you need to speak to someone please call the Samaritans 116 123 or Coventry and Warwickshire Mental health Matters on 0800 616 171.

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