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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Group in Barrow to give carers ‘a safe place to talk’

A NEW group to support carers of adults with mental health issues is being set up this week as volunteers believe there is a lack of help services available in South Cumbria.

A Caring Space will meet every month at St Matthew’s Community Halls in Highfield Road, Barrow, to offer a place for carers of adults with conditions such as autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia to meet, relax and socialise.

Three trustees, Wendy Kolbe, Janet Bury and Linda Ogilvie, decided to set up the group following the closure of Cumbria Mental Health Group.

The trio believe there is a lack of support specifically available to carers of adults in the area and are looking for people interested in joining the group to attend an introductory meeting on Thursday.

Ms Kolbe, a former development worker at CMHG, said the group aims to give carers a chance to discuss any problems they might be having.

“We wanted to make a social and informative meeting space so people can get help and support from each other,” she said.

“It is a safe place to talk because not everybody understands. There’s nothing much available for carers of adults with mental health issues in the area.

“It really is going to be a support group but the members will make it happen. We just want to make sure that we can use our own knowledge to try and get something started.”

It is hoped once the group is set up members will be able to access funding for day trips and activities.

Mrs Bury, a carer, said: “It is a 24-hour job if you are caring for people with mental health issues. It can be draining on your emotions.

“A lot of carers are not accessing any carer services so we thought we needed to set up a group.”

A Caring Space’s first meeting will be an afternoon tea to ask possible members what they hope to get out of the group.

The session will be held between 1pm and 3pm in St Matthew’s Community Halls. From then, the group will meet on the last Thursday of each month.

Email acaringspace@yahoo.co.uk for more information.

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The needs of carers are often overlooked and many struggle on by themselves. Well done and thank you for starting A Caring Space, this is especially valuable as it carers supporting other carers.

Posted by Michael Cassells on 19 May 2014 at 17:40

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