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Carers urged to seek support from others who have been there

A survey by a group of charities for Carers Week suggested 75% of those looking after a relative with health problems were unprepared for the responsibility - and four out of five felt they did not know where to seek support.

Andrew Barraclough, of the Carers Trust, said help is out there - if you know who to ask.

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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.