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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Carer John Cook and his wife Maureen who has dementia. Photo by Simon Finlay.
Jack Diplock-Cass is the Young Carers Champion at Great Yarmouth College. He helps look after his two brothers.
One in nine people in Norfolk is thought to be a carer, but many fail to recognise themselves as such and are missing out on vital help.
Young carer Jack Diplock-Cass
Jack Diplock-Cass didn’t realise he was a young carer until last year.
The 18-year-old helps his mum look after his brothers Sean, 17, who has deficits in attention, motor control and perception, and Colby, 10, who has autism.
While Jack, who lives near Northgate Street in Great Yarmouth, had done his best to cope, the strain took its toll on his social life, schoolwork and his health.
Some 6.5m people described themselves as carers in the last Census
10 June 2014 Last updated at 09:13
Nick Triggle Health correspondent
The state of the NHS and social care system is never far from the headlines.
There are 1.4m people working for the health service and a similar number staffing care homes and providing vital home help. But these figures are dwarfed by a hidden workforce – the UK’s army of carers.
Some 6.5m people identified themselves as carers in the last Census – that’s one in eight adults in the UK. Over the next 20 years that number is expected to grow to 9m.
Some of these people are just providing a few hours care a week for someone, but significant numbers are doing much more – and according to new research need greater help.
Former Waveney MP, Bob Blizzard speaking at a rally
Former Waveney MP, Bob Blizzard speaking at a rally to sending a message to the government and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust to think again on proposals for cuts to local mental health care services. Picture: James Bass
Adam Gretton, Health correspondent Thursday, May 29, 2014
Mental health bosses have warned that Norfolk and Suffolk does not have the capacity to cope with a looming increase in dementia cases after beds and staffing numbers were cut by 45pc.