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Help ‘unsung heroes’ to get more support caring for loved ones
A NEW strategy targeting the estimated 20,000 carers who tirelessly support needy and vulnerable people across the borough has been launched.
Around 80 per cent of carers in Bury do not access the support available and may not even realise they are entitled to it.
But the council and its partners are determined to change this.
A carer is anyone of any age who, unpaid, supports someone who is either disabled, has a life affecting illness, is frail due to their age, or has a substance misuse problem and where the person being supported could not manage without that help.
‘Carers Matter — The Plan For Bury’ will focus on four themes: identification and recognition; realising and releasing potential; a life outside of caring; and supporting carers to stay healthy.
The plan seeks to change perceptions of how carers are viewed, with more people than ever likely to become carers due to increases in life expectancy.
Cllr Rishi Shori, cabinet member for adult care, health and housing, said: “Carers are often the unsung heroes of our society, and we rely on them so much to meet the needs of thousands of people in Bury.
“This relaunch is about changing people’s attitudes to carers — people are living until they are older so caring is going to become a much greater part of the everyday lives of more and more people.
“At the last census about 10 per cent of Bury’s population were carers, but there are huge swathes of people we are just not getting through to and this has to change.
“Altering how society views carers is something we all have to buy into as a community.”
‘Carers Matter — The Plan For Bury’ was officially launched on Wednesday (October 2) in the Mill Gate centre.
For more information: visit theplan.burycarers. org.uk or call 0161 253 6021.
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