Carers can experience loneliness for many reasons, such as being unable to leave their home, not having time to socialise, or their carer role causing difficulties in their personal relationships.
Carers are usually unpaid for their time, but they still work around-the-clock hours and prioritise the wellbeing of their loved ones. Carers’ roles can include taking their loved ones to appointments, picking up medication or groceries, making phone calls and taking care of finances or other life admin. There is no set job description for a carer, and each carer will provide different types and levels of support. This means that a carers personal plans may have to be cancelled or re-arranged, and their own desires their own needs may not be met due to such high levels of responsibility.
Despite this, carers hold such an important role, they allow the people they care for to live a better life. The long hours they work not only contribute massively to society, but they provide so much hope, support, and warmth to individuals who would otherwise struggle without their care.
How CANConnect Can Help Carers
We at CANConnect want to give back to the wonderful and inspiring cares of Norfolk.
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Are you getting the support you need?
According to the NHS, it can take carers ‘about 2 years to acknowledge their role as a carer’, which means they could be missing out on support or financial aid – below is a list of organisations which may be able to help.
Carers Matter Norfolk provides advice, information, and support for unpaid carers of all ages in Norfolk. You can contact them on 0800 083 1148 or visit them on their website.
Norfolk Council provides an assessment for unpaid carers over 18, to evaluate your needs and offer guidance to find what support is available to you. You can find more information on the carers assessment here. There is an alternative assessment for carers under the age of 18 which you can access by clicking here.
If you’re interested in meeting other carers, or finding support groups for someone that you care for, you can look at the extensive list of groups around Norfolk by clicking here. Some of the latter groups focus on specific conditions, but there are also plenty of groups which are there just to have a cuppa and a chat.
If you’re interested in something a bit more intensive and educational, the Recovery College provides a short course called “Carers and the Recovery Journey”.
Get In Contact
Here at Can Connect, we welcome your thoughts and feelings, so if you have anything you think we’ve missed, or just want to share your own experience, you can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or on our Facebook page.
If you or someone you know are feeling lonely and want to learn more about the support available to you, we’re here to help, you can contact us on email@example.com or make a referral by clicking here .