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“Had I not been able to ask for your help, I would have abandoned the whole thing.”

2017-12-05T16:26:48+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Categories: Norfolk Carers|

We were recently able to help 86 year old Peter Matthews from Caister-on-Sea by spending time at his home to help him complete an Attendance Allowance form. Peter cares for his wife who has poor mobility and hearing loss. He told us he simply wouldn't have been able to complete the 45 page form without our help. [...]

Shopping online for Christmas presents? Why not fundraise for Norfolk Family Carers at the same time. It’s free and simple.

2017-11-28T15:05:11+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, Norfolk Carers, Young Carers|

It has to be one of the simplest ways of giving back this Christmas. Every time you buy something online, you can choose to give a small donation to Norfolk Family Carers. This donation doesn't come from your wallet - it is a small commission paid for by the retailer. First up, you will need to [...]

Get in touch to get informed on Carers Rights Day 2017!

2017-11-23T13:53:42+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Categories: In The News, Legal, Financial & Carers' Rights, Norfolk Carers|

Looking after a friend or family member who can no longer care for themselves is something many people do without question - gradually taking on more and more responsibilities over time. As such, people often fail to realise they've become 'carers' and can therefore miss out on some of the vital support and information that's out [...]

Talking about: Mental health

2017-09-19T16:15:17+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, In The News|

  It can be difficult sometimes to talk about your own or another person's mental health. Earlier this year, we teamed up with the EDP,  to break down some of the stigma around mental health and put the spotlight on how caring for someone with a mental health condition can affect carers’ own mental health and [...]

Family Carers face extra challenges as temperatures dip

2017-09-18T12:56:36+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: In The News|

Family carers can face additional challenges as colder weather and shorter days can affect many medical conditions, according to experts in Norfolk. Chris Preston from Arthritis Care says: "Many people with arthritis report that joint and muscle stiffness and aches and pains worsen in colder weather and it can take a bit longer to do everyday tasks [...]

Family carers advised:  “Get tech savvy.” 

2017-09-19T09:19:30+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: In The News|

  Family carers in Norfolk need to keep up-to-date with the range of technology that can make caring easier and improve the health, safety and independence of the carer - and people they are looking after, according to a leading carers' organisation. Norfolk Carers says that there is a range of technology to support people to [...]

Carers in Norfolk are being urged to book their flu jab, as the annual NHS vaccination programme gets underway.

2017-09-07T11:39:47+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, Norfolk Carers|

A good time to think about staying well this winter. Norfolk Carers is teaming up with local pharmacies to encourage people who look after a friend or relative to stay well this autumn. Susanne Anderson is from Norfolk Carers: "If you're looking after someone who is ill, frail or disabled and you go down with 'flu, [...]

Fears family carers will be forced to pick up the pieces as work begins to cut £31 million from Norfolk’s social care budget.

2017-08-30T12:18:15+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, In The News, Legal, Financial & Carers' Rights, Norfolk Carers|Tags: , , , |

Nearly one in eight people in Norfolk look after a relative or friend who cannot manage on their own due to mental or physical ill health. Caring for someone else, although rewarding, can be challenging and it’s feared these struggles are set to get worse as Norfolk County Council begins work to make huge savings in its [...]

More unpaid carers should be recognised for the valuable work they do, says Norfolk Carers.

2017-08-29T11:43:31+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Categories: In The News, Norfolk Carers|Tags: , , |

30 year old David Gibbs from Taverham looks after his wife Lisa who has M.E. which came on suddenly from a bout of flu. Lisa, who’s 29, went from being fit and active to being bed-bound overnight. David was thrown into the deep end as an unpaid carer but according to Lisa his response has been [...]

Young Adult Carers ‘torn’ between caring and their own ambitions.

2017-08-17T09:06:02+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, Norfolk Carers, Young Carers|

Young Adult Carers often have very little time to focus on their own goals and ambitions and can feel torn between their caring responsibilities and pursuing their own dreams, according to Norfolk Carers Support Young People's Services Manager, Catherine Bibb: "Moving to independent living is a milestone every young adult hopes to achieve, but it is not without [...]

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