Hello, my name is Kelly Baxter. I am the We Care You Care (WCYC) Project Lead working for MVDA. We are leading the communication and campaigns project to support, value and recognise local carers.
WCYC is the coordinated brand aimed to reach carers (whether known to services or not) to provide relevant, accessible information and support. MVDA is funded through the Better Care Fund by the local Carers Strategic Partnership to develop communication and campaigns across Middlesbrough in line with the developments of their local carers strategy.
Every day 6,000 people become carers and often do not have the opportunity to plan and prepare for this.
We know that many of you do not identify with the term 'carer', you are a son, mother, father, sister, grandparent looking after a loved one which is something you 'just' do. There may have never been a pivotal moment where you made a conscious decision to become a carer. It is more likely to be something that has happened over time (due to age of a loved one or mental health deterioration) or suddenly (due to illness) and we are often left with little or no time to plan and prepare for our new or increased caring responsibilities. As a result of this many carers don’t know how or where to get help and do not start to look for external support until they are at crisis point. It can be frightening and very lonely experience.
Carers are holding families together, enabling loved ones to get the most out of life, making an enormous contribution to society and saving the economy billions of pounds.
Being a carer can, of course, be hugely rewarding but it isn't always easy. Looking after loved ones can impact on your own wellbeing. You may notice you have less time to do the things you enjoy and maintain friendships or you may notice you are starting to struggle at work or school with the extra home life pressure.
We are fortunate in Middlesbrough to have a range of fantastic organisations delivering services specifically for unpaid carers. They genuinely understand and want to help you whether it be with emotional or practical support. All member organisations in the Carers Partnership work to make life better for local carers.
This website has been developed to ensure you are able to access useful information and advice, find local organisations and groups to engage with, share experiences to support other carers and keep up to date with local and national news relevant to you when you need it.
WCYC has been created in response to some local carers’ experiences of finding themselves in a caring role and not knowing where to start. We hope you find the information provided helps you to understand the support available to you and how to access it.
If you want to add information or raise a query with any of the content provided please get in touch with me either by phone on 01642 357853 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Below you will find our guide for carers and those who work to support them. A useful condensed resource of the information available through this website. You can pick up a hard-copy from your local GP surgery or download a copy here (the guide was produced in 2018. Information was accurate at the time of printing) :