Barnet Carers Centre

Barnet Carers Centre

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Barnet Carers Centre

According to the 2001 Census, there are 55,620 people over 60 years of age living in the London Borough of Barnet of whom 10,209 are older carers. Many are “hidden” carers who are not accessing the support and advice they badly need.

Older carers provide a vital role in caring for other older people; two thirds of carers have no paid help at all from outside sources and in 79% of cases carers say that their own health has suffered during the period of caring. Common problems for older carers are back injury, depression, stress, lack of sleep and anxiety. Carers and the people they care for often feel at the "margins of society", isolated, helpless and ignored. This is particuarly true for carers from black and minority ethnic groups.

A grant of £400,000 would enable us to develop our Older Carers Project for the next five years helping us to:

a. Provide a daily telephone help line and drop-in support for older carers including benefits checks and claims, information, advice, practical and emotional support and home visiting
b. Provide one to one advocacy support for older carers facing complex financial or legal problems
c. Organise locally based older carers support groups
d. Provide respite holidays and stress-buster days
e. Work with carers to represent the needs, rights and strengths of carers in our area to professional staff, community leaders and the local community
f. Involve carers and ex carers in providing training and awareness raising sessions for health and social service professionals.