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New scheme to benefit hundreds of unpaid carers in Norwich and South Norfolk

Hundreds of unpaid carers are to benefit from a pilot scheme that aims to provide them with individual support in their own homes.

Community care coaches, Bev Bond (left) and Carolyn Allen (right).

It will see carers in Norwich and South Norfolk receive one-to-one coaching in order to give them more confidence to look after an older person.

The free programme, which is being delivered by the Carers Agency Partnership (CAP), is available to people who care for someone over the age of 65 in their own home.

And people are now being invited to register with the scheme.

Kevin Vaughan, CAP manager, said: “Carers often tell us that they feel thrown in the deep end when it comes to looking after an elderly relative or friend at home.

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Widowed grandmother, 93, is comforted after death of her husband of 70 years

When care home staff give her a cushion made from his favourite shirt

  • Joyce Beckett was distressed in the evenings after death of husband, John
  • Staff at care home noticed she liked to be with someone to hold their hand
  • Carer Chris Rayatt-Howard made her the special memory cushion
  • Mrs Beckett wept with happiness when she received the gift 

A recently widowed grandmother wept with happiness after retirement home staff gave her a cushion made out of her late husband’s favourite shirt.

Joyce Beckett, 93, became distressed in the evenings after her husband of 70 years, John, died aged 91 on February 11.

A dignified man facing an undignified death’

Retired Norfolk teacher calls for rethink of our welfare state

He was now spending all his days housebound, getting no exercise, with an ulcer which wasnt healing  but he was cheerful and self-reliant – not bad for a man of 96. He wasnt complaining.

A Norfolk retired teacher, who asked to remain anonymous for the privacy of the individual involved, makes a poignant case for a major rethink of our welfare state.

It’s not sensational enough to make the news. No emaciated ribs, he wasn’t found face-down, drowned in the gutter. It’s just a story telling us something about the Britain we choose to live in. It’s a story of institutionalised neglect. About how someone, just like you or me, becomes a mere statistic.

A man of 96 – never been ill in his life.

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