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New Strategy to Help Carers in Dorset


9:57am 28th December 2012

If you're a carer in Dorset the county council have come up with new ideas on how they can help you, and they want to know what you think.

The local authority has drawn up a new draft strategy with NHS Dorset.

The draft strategy outlines initiatives to support carers with improved access to information and advice,  develop health checks for carers, and increase opportunities for training, short breaks and social activities.  Other priorities include expanding the  local networks of support for carers through support groups, befriending schemes and self help.

Cllr Andrew Cattaway, Cabinet member for adult social care at Dorset County Council, said: "Three in five of us will become a carer at some point in our lives, providing unpaid care to someone we know who is ill, frail or disabled. In Dorset, 42,000 people provide care on a regular basis and we recognise the huge contribution they make to society.

"It's important that carers receive the support they need, both to help them with their caring role, and to have a life of their own in addition to caring.

"We encourage carers and other interested parties to get involved and make their views heard before the strategy is finalised."

Details of the strategy and consultation documents can be found here.

The results of the consultation will be announced at Merley in Wimborne on 26 March.

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