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Donation supports Wiltshire carers

21 February 2022

Donation supports Wiltshire carers

A local charity that supports all unpaid carers in Wiltshire, from five years of age upwards, is the latest recipient of funding.

Wessex has awarded Carer Support Wiltshire a £1,000 grant as it continues to help local groups and charities in the area.

We donate up to £64,000 a month to fund initiatives as part of the highly successful Community Champions scheme.

Carer Support Wiltshire is a lifeline for those who care for someone in the county, offering a helpline and services including befriending and weekly activities and groups.

It also works with health and social care professionals and employers in the local area to raise carer awareness and develop best practice.

Rachael Demery, community fundraising officer at the charity, said: “We just want to say a massive thank you to Persimmon Homes for this donation, it couldn’t have come at a better time as we’ve just launched a ‘Caring Beyond Covid’ appeal.

“The money will go towards services that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of unpaid carers in Wiltshire, which include our virtual ‘Here to Talk’ befriending service, counselling sessions, carer cafes and support groups.

“These vital funds will allow us to offer direct help to carers in the aftermath of the pandemic and re-establish the support networks they deserve.

“Coronavirus has had untold implications on unpaid carers who have found themselves at the forefront of the pandemic.

“Most of us have found the pandemic hard, in particular having to isolate ourselves from family and friends. However, for unpaid carers this can be very normal and many will have to carry on for much longer after things return to how they were.

“Our appeal aims to raise £30,000 so we can continue to offer practical, specific and bespoke support to carers across Wiltshire as we transition out of lockdown and beyond.”

Pauline Fletcher, sales director for Wessex, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Carer Support Wiltshire with our Community Champions donation.

“I didn’t realise that there are estimated to be over 47,000 people looking after loved ones in Wiltshire and 2,700 of those are anticipated to be young adult carers between the ages of 18-25.

“The charity relies on funding from local and national organisations so they can continue to make a difference to the lives of carers and we’re extremely proud to be playing a small part in that.”

For more information visit www.willowscounselling.org.uk, or to click here to apply for Community Champions funding. 

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