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Carers get a helping hand for the winter

Winter warmers for Sheffield carers

Wayne Southall, of Amey, with Coun David Barker and Ann Holmes at the Monthly Carers Cafe where they handed out winter driving packs.Wayne Southall, of Amey, with Coun David Barker and Ann Holmes at the Monthly Carers Cafe where they handed out winter driving packs.

Published on Wednesday 20 February 2013 06:00

CARERS are being helped to stay on the road during bad weather with special packs.

Winter driving packs were handed out by Amey, Sheffield Council’s highways contractor, at a meeting of Sheffield Carers’ Forum at the United Reformed Church, Norfolk Street.

Some 300 packs have been donated for carers, including a mug so drivers can take a warm drink with them on their journey, some de-icer, a mini ice scraper, and a tax disc holder featuring winter driving safety tips.

Chris Morris, Amey operations director, said: “We w know how important it is for people who are carers to be able to get out and about.

“I hope these packs will give them a hand.”

http://www.thestar.co.uk/community/winter-warmers-for-sheffield-carers-1-5423740

Home from Hospital new package in Bradford

Carers Resource Home from Hospital scheme expanded across Bradford district

9:00am Monday 18th February 2013 in News  By Claire Lomax, Health Reporter

Kempton Cannon with Home from Hospital project manager Sally Hinds Kempton Cannon with Home from Hospital project manager Sally Hinds

For pensioner Kempton Cannon, returning to his empty house after a spell in hospital was set to be a daunting prospect.

The 90-year-old former painter and decorator was anxious about how he would cope back home living alone.

But now, as a ground-breaking project expands across the Bradford district for the first time, a package of help and support is available to Mr Cannon and hundreds of patients like him.

Home from Hospital is an initiative designed to ease adults of all ages back into everyday life after being discharged from hospital.

It helps with everything from benefits guidance and restarting home care to making sure houses are safe, and that gas, electric and water supplies are in working order.

Patients receive a hamper of food basics and a safety and well-being checklist, plus a friendly face from volunteers involved in the project, which is co-ordinated by award-winning charity, The Carers Resource.

For Mr Cannon, of Addingham, the visits are proving a lifeline.

There are now more than 5.8 million unpaid carers in England and Wales needing help!

More than one in 10 providing unpaid care

The number of unpaid carers in England and Wales has reached 5.8 million – a rise of 600,000 since 2001, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.

Figures from 2011 show that the largest increase was in unpaid carers working for 50 or more hours a week.

Wales had a higher percentage of people providing unpaid care compared with any English region.

In England, the highest percentages of unpaid carers were in the North West, North East and West Midlands.

The ONS study into unpaid care in England and Wales, 2011 found that more than 12% of the population in Wales provided some level of care in 2011.

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