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The Carers' Centre welcome Wera Hobhouse MP

Wera Hobhouse MP received a warm welcome at local carer support charity, The Carers’ Centre on 25 August 2023. The Carers’ Centre is an independent charity that provides essential advice and support to over 5,000 unpaid carers across Bath and North East Somerset.

The Carers’ Centre helps adults and children as young as five years old who have caring responsibilities for their family members and friends. Looking after someone with a long-term illness or disability comes with many challenges. The Carers’ Centre provides life-changing services to support the physical and mental wellbeing of unpaid carers, primarily by providing emotional support, financial guidance and free wellbeing activities, as well as a Freephone Support Line.

The Bath MP visited the local charity to hear directly from unpaid carers and to find out how she could support this vital local support organisation.

The Young Carers Council, a group of young people with caring roles discussed the various challenges young carers face in school and the importance of educational professionals being aware of their carer status.

Charlotte, who is 14 years old and cares for her mum who has a disability said:

“Around 1 in 5 children are young carers, but I think loads don’t even know that they are a young carer and if the schools themselves don’t know, they can’t support them.”

“My visit to The Carers’ Centre gave me a wonderful opportunity to meet with service users of all ages, from young carers to carers looking after loved ones in the later years of their life and those with dementia. My mother cared for my father; my visit to The Carers’ Centre gave me fresh insights into the challenges our local carers face today. The Carers’ Centre does incredibly important work. I was very impressed by the compassion and dedication of its staff and volunteers, and I am grateful for all they do for our community."

Wera Hobhouse MP

The staff were thankful for Mrs Hobhouse visiting the local charity and hearing directly from unpaid carers. CEO of The Carers’ Centre, Jacqui Orchard said:

“We are incredibly thankful for Mrs Hobhouse meeting with our community of carers, and to the young and adult carers who have taken the time to share their experiences.

“As Mrs Hobhouse has seen today, caring touches so many lives regardless of age or situation. Yet, recognition and awareness of unpaid carers remains low.

“If you look after a loved one, please know that you are not alone. The Carers’ Centre is here for you, whether you have just started looking after someone or have been providing care over many years.”

If you or someone you know needs advice or support regarding caring, The Carers’ Centre is here for you.

Call 0800 0388 885 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 1pm) or email

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