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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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New support service for Cumbria's carers

A new £1.43 million support service to help carers across Cumbria will start in July.

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Beth Furneaux

Latest census details show there are more than 60,000 people in the county who spend between seven and 50+ hours every week acting as a carer.

More than 17,700 of them are known to social care officials at the county council.

Now the county’s five leading charities for carers have joined forces to win the contract to run a new county-wide support service.

Carers Support Cumbria Ltd is made up of Carlisle, Eden, West Cumbria, Furness and South Lakeland Carers.

It will be the provider of the new assessment and support service which is jointly funded by Cumbria County Council and the NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

A dedicated telephone advice line for carers and grants to pay for support groups and befriending schemes will all form part of the new service, features of which are being developed following feedback from existing carers.

The funding will allow organisations to work together to provide support and offer carers an assessment to identify what help they themselves need.

Councillor Beth Furneaux, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for adults and local services, said: “I’m delighted that Carers Support Cumbria Ltd will be providing this service.

“This service is a positive step which will mean a better outcome for carers and service users, and also the county council and CCG.”

Dr David Rogers, medical director at NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We have upgraded the support services available to carers across Cumbria and secured funding so we can start delivering these improvements straight away.”

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