We are an independent, well established charity and Network Partner of Carers Trust supporting carers across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk. We help around 12,000 people each year, employ 200 members of staff and are supported by 50 volunteers. Our funding comes mostly from commissioned contracts with Local Authorities with a growing amount from grants, fundraised income and the private purchase of home care.
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. Anyone can be a carer; a 15 year old girl looking after a parent with alcohol dependency; a 40 year old man caring for his partner who has terminal cancer, or an 80 year old woman looking after her husband who has dementia.
We help carers by providing information and advice on rights and entitlements, breaks from caring, emergency planning and emotional support. We also raise awareness of the caring role in schools, in the workplace, in hospitals and with GPs.
What we do
Information and advice
Because carers need to have easy access to the financial and practical help they are entitled to and have someone to listen to them. 12,000 carers supported in 2018/19 with 84 receiving emotional support.
Breaks from caring
Because breaks can prevent carer stress, crisis and breakdown. 98,000 homecare hours, 752 Family Carers’ Prescriptions, 500 carers regularly attending community hubs.
Because carers need to have the comfort of knowing who will be there when they can’t be to stop an emergency becoming a crisis. 4,000 emergency plans registered.
Because at some point in all our lives we will either be a carer or the person being cared for. We all need to understand what that means to ensure greater support is more readily available in our communities, in schools and at work. 150 carer awareness sessions delivered to schools, employers, healthcare professionals and in the local community.