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Carers in Bucks urged to use support services available

Coronavirus has highlighted the hard work people in these roles do.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:22am 11th June 2020. (Updated at 8:51am 11th June 2020) 2-minute read.

Carers in Bucks urged to use support services available

Carers in Buckinghamshire are being asked to use support services if they need them. 

Carers Bucks are trying to show the work and support people in the role provide across Buckinghamshire.

To mark this years Carers Week the group are running the theme 'Making Caring Visible'.

Lucy Martin, Adult Carers Social Lead at Carers Bucks explains:

"What we find is many people don't even recognise themselves as carers. 

"So they may see themselves as being someones wife, son, daughter, sibling etc and they think they're just doing what anyone else would do in that situation. 

"But we would say if you're looking after a family member, or a friend or neighbour, who would struggle to manage independently without you then you are in a caring role. 

Sometimes its that first recognition that you are a carer and then seeing what support is available for you."

There are over 50,000 unpaid carers in Bucks, all looking after someone who couldn't manage without them. 

Carers Bucks supports people in their caring role, some are just 6 years old. 

The role of carer can be difficult, as Lucy explains:

"It can be quite socially isolating. If you don't have a support network it can very much feel like you're on your own. Its very important that people are able to access the support that they need at the right time."

Carers Bucks offers a range of support services, including a phone line which has remained open through lockdown (0300 777 2722).

Last week a Befriending phone line was opened for carers who just want a chat.

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