Cash boost for carers

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A SCARBOROUGH charity which works to support carers has received a £79,000 funding boost.

The money has been awarded to Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource specifically to work with people who are affected by someone else’s substance misuse issues.  

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation granted funding to enable the charity to work with individuals who provide care and support to a family member or friend with substance misuse issues across Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale.

Support will be offered in a variety of ways, including one-to-one support, advocacy, information and advice.

There will also be group support, on a monthly basis, in partnership with the Cambridge Centre.

‘Confident Caring’ sessions will be held to support carers with day-to-day issues such as looking after themselves, budgeting, healthy eating, coping with stress and juggling care and work.

Liz Brown, service manager, said: “Individuals supporting someone with issues related to substance use can feel very isolated.

“They are affected by the stigma that is often attached to drug and alcohol misuse and often don’t know where to turn.

“This new project will provide support and information to help them cope and we look forward to providing this service and making a difference.”

Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource provides information and advice to anyone caring for a family member or friend on a range of issues including welfare benefits, education, employment and learning opportunities and local support services.