We estimate there are around 10,000 adult and 2,000 young carers (ages 5+) within the town but are currently only working with a small percentage of these hidden heroes. With this in mind, we are excited to launch a three-year project to find them and provide them with the support they deserve.
The plan has been unveiled in time for National Carers Week which starts on June 7.
Christine Fewster, chief executive of Hartlepool Carers, explained more.
“This year’s focus is on “Making Carers Visible and Valued” so we are launching a new training offer for our whole community. Training will enable local businesses, local authority and health departments, school and community groups to identify any unpaid carers they maybe working with, to ensure our caring community have access to the right support at the right time.”
Two different training packages are available. One will identify and work with young carers. The other will support adults with caring responsibilities.
“The project is for 3 years,” said Christine, “and we want to ensure everyone has access to this training offer. Raising awareness of caring will help support families, build strength as well as resilience across our town.
“The training offer is free, and we would be delighted to work with anyone interested.”
For more information contact Sarah on 01429 283095.