Carers’ Centre team from left to right: Tom Fox-Proverbs, Andy Graham, Ian Dagger, Andrea Miller, Gill Evans, Clive Brooks, Sarah Dixon, Neil Drinkwater, Lorraine Frapwell, Alice Miller, Lydia Clark, Sonia Hutchison and David Trumper.
Funding from the Medlock Charitable Trust has helped the Carers’ Centre secure a new building in Bath where carers can take a break from looking after a loved one. Patron Edward Bayntun-Coward worked with the Trust to part-fund the new Carers’ Centre at The Woodlands on Lower Bristol Road.
“The Woodlands is a wonderful riverside location for carers of all ages to enjoy some time out, as well as provide quiet space for counselling sessions and one-to- one support from Carers’ Officers,” said Sonia Hutchison, Chief Executive. “This generous donation of £30,000 from Medlock Charitable Trust has meant the new Bath-based premises was possible, however the Centre will be raising funds to cover the full costs.”
The Centre recently secured £298,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme to deliver 3 years of breaks’ programmes and awareness-raising activities for carers. The Centre’s Give Us A Break initiative will expand to include training courses, health and wellbeing breaks and opportunities for families to take time out together. Health checks for carers will be on offer with support to improve diet and increase exercise.
The Woodlands will be launched in early 2014 and will run alongside the existing base in Radstock. The new Carers’ Centre is near a main bus route and Oldfield railway station, and has free parking, a range of meeting rooms and outside space.
If you are a carer and would like to access support and information please contact the Carers’ Centre Freephone: 0800 0388 885 or visit www.banescarerscentre.org.uk