A charity which supports people providing care to loved ones across Norfolk has opened a new office in Swaffham.
Local MP Elizabeth Truss formally unveiled the new Carers Trust Norfolk in Turbine Way on Friday and met some of the families supported by them.
And officials hope that the new facility will help them to extend the support they provide, as well as making them better prepared to help families in need.
The group already provides home and respite support to more than 300 families across the county and also works with the county’s Young Carers Forum.
The trust’s chief executive, Dr Helen Brown, said: “Never before has the need for our services been greater than they are today, and the demand continues to rise.
“We aim to provide a more flexible and responsive service by building on the skills of the experienced team of paid carer support workers we have.”
Dr Brown said the trust, which also has offices in Ketteringham, near Norwich, and Gorleston, is planning to work with health professionals to create more flexible services for families, with a specific focus on dementia.
They also intend to improve the support on offer for young carers.
She added: “We know that having peace of mind, and knowing what will happen when the unexpected occurs, is really important for carers.
“We will be looking at expanding the range of support we can offer, consulting with families and partners on this, to see what would make a difference to their lives.”
The trust opened its Swaffham office after taking over services which were previously provided by Crossroads Care East Anglia.
Although the rising number of carers in Norfolk reflects the wider national trend, the trust says the county is likely to see a faster increase because of its ageing population.