An open invitation for all Sid Valley carers

Members of the Sid Valley Carers’ Support Group at The Bowd after a much enjoyed group lunch

Members of the Sid Valley Carers’ Support Group at The Bowd after a much enjoyed group lunch - Credit: Archant

A carers’ group in Sidmouth is supporting a national campaign to reach those who do not seek help.

“The trouble is, so many remain hidden,” said Barbara Southcombe, leader of the Sid Valley Carers’ Support Group. “Some don’t recognise they are carers. They do it out of a sense of duty.

“Others are prepared to struggle on their own.”

She was speaking in support of the campaign by National Carers Week next month to reach out to carers, highlight the challenges they face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the country.

Its focus on building carer-friendly communities, which support carers and their loved-ones, mirrors the work of the Sidmouth group - which was formed more than 20 years ago for carers to meet together to offer mutual support and share experiences.

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“We have over 40 members on our books,” said Mrs Southcombe, who has led the group for a decade. “Some can’t come because they can’t leave their cared-for.

“But our newsletter keeps them in touch with our programme of speakers and outings - and, if any need help, we have the contacts to point them in the right direction.”

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The group, which meets at 2.15pm on the second Monday in the month at Trumps Court in Ham Lane, will highlight National Carers Week on Friday, June 12, with a cream tea and sale in All Saints Church Hall from 2pm.

“If you are a carer, or if you know someone who is, then here is an invitation to come along and join us,” added Mrs Southcombe.

More information about the group is available from Mrs Southcombe on 01395 516798 and Marlene Butler on 01395 512697.

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