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Carers’ hotline may win grant backing
CARERS in York will be able to pick up the phone and speak to a sympathetic listener if plans for a new service are given the go-ahead.
York Carers Centre – which has nearly 2,000 unpaid carers on its database – hopes to set up a listening service so carers can ring up and offload worries and stresses without feeling guilty about burdening friends and family.
The centre has been shortlisted for a £3,000 grant from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund and is now urging people to vote for them to win the money.
Rosemarie Temple, chairman of trustees at York Carers Centre, said: “All carers should have all the support and care we can offer.
“A listening service would enable us to offer that much- needed emotional support without them having to explain their caring situation in order for someone to understand.”
Carers provide regular, unpaid support to someone close to them due to illness or disability.
The centre, which is based in Priory Street and gives unpaid carers support, is in contact with nearly 2,000 carers in the York area.
Some 140 of these are young carers under the age of 18.
If successful with the bid for funding, the centre hopes to set up a pilot listening service for about six months before setting up a long-term programme which could include home visits.
The Lloyds Bank Community Fund is helping local people across England and Wales to have a positive impact in their communities by giving grants to over 1,300 local good causes.
Other organisations in North Yorkshire to be shortlisted for the funding include SASH, which prevents vulnerable young people from becoming homeless by offering them a room in the home of a volunteer, and Street Angels, a group of volunteers who patrol the streets of York on a Friday and Saturday night.
You can cast your vote by visiting the Lloyds Bank Community Fund website at lloydsbank.com/communityfund
Voting is open until November 1, 2013.
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