TAKING on the role of a carer can be a rewarding task, but it can also be exhausting and financially challenging.
But just like the Warrington Guardian’s charity of the month WIRED Young Carers Service, its adults team is also on hand to provide advice and guidance to those aged 18 or above who are struggling to cope with the extra responsibility of caring for a loved one.
One in ten adults will take on a caring role at some point in their lives and there are currently five million carers in England.
To make the challenge of being a carer a little easier, since December 2011, WIRED Adult Carers Service has been providing support for people in Warrington to adapt and cope.
So far the team, who are based on Sankey Street, have helped more than 1,400 adult carers in Warrington.
One adult carer from Great Sankey described the services as like a ‘lifeline’.
She said: “They understood completely what I was going through and provided invaluable support when I needed it most.
“I was at the end of my tether and struggling to cope, but the carers service were always there for me. They are a fantastic charity and continue to support me now as an ex-carer.”
From its emotional support service to free counselling, the team can provide as little or as much help as required - even if it’s just a shoulder to cry on or a friendly face to talk to.
The support is tailored made to meet their individual needs and help them to overcome any barriers they face.
Adult support worker and carer Val Caldwell said: ‘’Carers often feel isolated and lonely. Most will be struggling financially after giving up work to care full time and will be physically and emotionally exhausted.
“We help our carers to get the support and services they need to cope and also to offer time-out activities and events to provide some respite.”
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