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Carers - Know Your Rights


7:45am 29th November 2013

There are 50,000 unpaid carers in Dorset and the local authority is trying to do more to help them.

Today is Carer's Rights Day (Friday 29th November), a day to celebrate their work and root out hidden carers who go unnoticed.

The County Council offers a range of services like respite and short breaks for voluntary carers and they're encouraging more people to get in touch.

Cllr Michael Bevan, Champion for carers at Dorset County Council, said:

"Three in five of us will become a carer at some point in our lives, giving unpaid support to someone we know who is ill, frail or disabled. Sometimes a little help can go a long way, and we would like to encourage carers to come along to one of the events to find out more.  

The council funds a range of services for carers, including a network of support groups across the county and short respite services so carers can have a much needed break from their caring duties.
Help is available - People do not need to cope alone."   

To find out more, log onto www.dorsetforyou.com/carers

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