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Helen pledges her support to help create Carer Friendly Communities

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Helen pledges her support to help create Carer Friendly Communities 

There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend, 10,285 are in this constituency. So today Helen pledged her support to carers across the Bishop Auckland constituency as part of the national Carers Week 2016 awareness campaign.

Helen said:

“Carers make a huge contribution to our society, providing vital and often hidden support to friends and family members.That is why I am supporting Carers Week 2016 and encouraging services across Bishop Auckland constituency to think about what more they can do to help meet the needs of carers and make our communities more Carer Friendly.

“I know when I talk to families across the area that our carers are predominantly female and caring for a high number of hours every week which is unpaid and can be difficult to juggle with work. We must all do more to support those who are providing such a valuable service in our communities.”

 “For local support you can contact County Durham Carers who provide invaluable support and advice to carers. You can visit their website at http://www.dccarers.org/ or telephone on 0300 005 1213

Emily Holzhausen, who leads the Carers Week partnership, said:

“With an ever increasing number of families taking on caring roles for older, ill or disabled loved ones, it is great to see MPs showing their support for carers.

While carers have told us that it makes a huge difference when they are recognised and supported by their local services and communities, too many carers tell us they struggling to balance caring with other areas of their lives. By working together during Carers Week we have a huge opportunity to make our communities more Carer Friendly and make a difference to those who contribute so much”.

Carers Week is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association and MS Society.

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