Lack of support for carers

A new report organised to coincide with Carers Week said carers in the North East feel unprepared and lack support when they start looking after someone.

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Lack of support for carers in the North East

A report released for Carers Week by a group of charities has highlighted what they call a "woeful lack of support" for people taking on a caring role.

It found:

  • 79% of carers said they were not aware of the support available
  • 30% believed they had been given the wrong advice about the help on offer
  • 96% felt more stressed because of caring

The charities behind the research said nearly 2,000 people take on a new caring role every week in the North East.