Sonia Hutchison, Carers’ Centre CEO, with her Community Award presented by Bath Rugby Foundation for her tireless work to support carers in Bath and North East Somerset.
Hundreds of carers across Bath and North East Somerset will be given the opportunity to take a break from their caring responsibilities thanks to a successful bid for funding. The Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme, which aims to help those most in need and build stronger communities, has awarded the Centre £298,471 to deliver 3 years of breaks’ programmes for local carers to have some quality time out.
It will also be used to increase understanding and support for carers through a series of awareness-raising activities. The Centre’s Give Us a Break programme will now include skills and knowledge training courses, health and wellbeing breaks and events for families to spend time together. Health checks for carers will also be on offer alongside one to one and group support to help improve diet, increase exercise and improve health.
Sonia Hutchison, Chief Executive said: “Over the past year the Carers’ Centre delivered 1,878 short breaks to hundreds of carers aged from 5 years to adult. There are over 17,000 unpaid carers in Bath and North East Somerset providing care for a loved one. Caring can be exhausting and damage people’s health if they don’t take time out and look after themselves. This funding will make the whole community more aware of unpaid carers and the incredible role they play and provide 1,500 breaks for quality time out from caring.”