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Number of Unpaid Carers in Dorset Higher than National Average


7:21am 4th June 2013

The number of unpaid carers is on the rise in Dorset.

New figures suggest the number has increased to almost 50 thousand!

An unpaid carer is someone who looks after or supports a family member, friend or in some cases a neighbour.

Census records show 1 in 5 people in Dorset is providing care free of charge, that's higher than the national average.

There's also concern over a significant increase in young carers too who're missing out on School. According to The Children's Society one in 12 young carers spends more than 15 hours a week looking after a parent or sibling, that one in 20 misses school and young carers are also 50 per cent more likely to have special educational needs or an illness.

Council leaders have described them as "Unsung Heroes" and they're offering help and guidance to carers across the County.

Rebecca Knox, Dorset County Council's cabinet member for children's safeguarding, and families, said:

"Carers are our unsung heroes. They provide unpaid care for an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. Carers give so much to society and are often vulnerable themselves.  In Dorset there is help for all ages of carers. The Dorset Carers Hub is dedicated to offering support and services for carers across the county. There is help and advice on a range of subjects with contacts for local support groups, meetings and events. We can offer help when you need it."

Dorset carers can find out more information about the carers hub here.

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