Carers group celebrate funding boost

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A CARERS’ group in Bridlington has celebrated a funding boost that will help them continue to meet their running costs.

A grant of £250 from the Carers Advisory Group has been awarded to the group which offers informal support to people who care for a working age adult, aged between 18 and 65, who experiences mental health problems.

A spokesperson for the group said the grant awarded is vital for the ongoing running costs.

“We provide a friendly environment to enable carers to get together. Some members come to most sessions, others as and when, for us it is just important to let carers know we are here if they need us.”

Each meeting has a variety of health and social care staff from Humber NHS Foundation Trust on hand to offer informal mental health advice to carers over a cup of tea.

But the group is ultimately shaped by the carers who decide what they would like to know and do.

The spokesperson added: “Through members’ suggestions, over the next year we have guest speakers lined up from MIND, someone talking about fire safety in the home and an expert giving benefits advice; we have also planned social outings.

“We recognise that it can be difficult to attend a carers’ group when people are caring for someone as well as other family and work commitments, which is why the group meets in the evenings.”

The next group will be held on Tuesday November 20 from 6.30pm to 8pm at Applegarth Court, Applegarth Lane, Bridlington.

New members are very welcome to attend on the evening or for further information call Rachel or Louise on 01262 401292 or email louise.cole@humber.nhs.uk