A NEW support group is up and running in Scarborough for those who care for people with drug and alcohol issues.
Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource and the Cambridge Centre have joined forces to offer the chance for people to meet others in similar circumstances and to share information and advice based on common experiences.
The group aims to help people cope with day-to-day stresses of living alongside someone else’s substance use.
Advice will also be available to give an insight into local services and systems that people may come across as they try to help some manage their drug or alcohol issues.
The group will be meeting at Scarborough Library once a month at 10.30am in the small room upstairs. The next meeting is Tuesday April 26.
Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource already offers individual support to anyone who needs help to tackle a particular aspect of their caring role.
The organisation also mails out information on relevant activities, training and events to people who support someone else.
You may not regard yourselves as a “carer”, just a family member, friend or neighbour, but if you “keep an eye” on someone who has health issues you can access the charity’s support, either through the quarterly newsletter Focus Carer, the charity website, Caring with Confidence sessions or individual support via the support and information team.
Julie Graves of Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource said: “We realise that a lot of local people are supporting someone who uses drugs or alcohol, but only a small number are finding out about the support available to them.
“Sometimes it helps just to talk through your situation, or sometimes we can provide information or advice that helps you cope.
“We remind people to look after themselves as well and help people to share tips or information that can make a real difference.”
If you are affected by someone else’s use of drugs or alcohol and you would benefit from support you are welcome to attend. To find out more ring Julie Graves on (01723) 850155.