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Carers Guernsey starts new emotional support service

The charity aims to provide a listening ear and help for people who are carers in the island. Credit: PA Images

A Guernsey charity is starting a new outreach programme to provide more emotional and practical support for carers in the island.

Between 2,000 and 4,000 people are thought to be giving unpaid voluntary care in the island, and the Carers Guernsey service aims to provide a listening ear for them.

As part of the new scheme, staff are able to accompany islanders to appointments, help with filling in forms and introduce carers to other support groups that can help them with everyday life.

The charity is also looking for volunteers for a "ring round" service, to keep in contact with carers, which training will be provided for.

If someone is in need of support, or would like to volunteer, they are asked to call 01481 266331.

Caring for a loved one can be very isolating and it is difficult to take in information or know where to turn for help. Circumstances change and so will the support that you require. Also, what works for some may not work for others. Whether you are in crisis or whether you are coping and things are as good as they can be, talking to an independent person in complete confidence can help.

– Alysa Martel, Carers Guernsey Manager