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It is national Carers Week and a drop-in centre in Lynn is offering advice for those already in caring roles and for people who find themselves in a caring role who may need additional support.

The charitable organisation will be in place until 2pm and are also looking for potential new carers.

People are able to pop in to The Place on New Conduit Street in the town's centre and speak to members of West Norfolk Carers.

From left: Steve Rourke, LILY Project and West Norfolk Carers, Sara Nurse, children and families service lead, Annie Blyler, young carers' support worker, Jackie Haverson, young carers' lead and Ashley Blyler, young carers' support worker. (57197342)
From left: Steve Rourke, LILY Project and West Norfolk Carers, Sara Nurse, children and families service lead, Annie Blyler, young carers' support worker, Jackie Haverson, young carers' lead and Ashley Blyler, young carers' support worker. (57197342)

Sara Nurse, children and families service lead said: "Today is a drop-in with the theme visible, valued and supported and we are here in town to hopefully find new carers and raise awareness.

"We support people with carers' assessments, funding and grants. It may be someone caring for a sibling, parent, neighbour, for example popping in to help every day.

Sara Nurse, children and families service lead at West Norfolk Carers. (57197338)
Sara Nurse, children and families service lead at West Norfolk Carers. (57197338)

"Officially, carers work 35 hours a week perhaps looking after someone with a disability, substance misuse, dementia and mental health."

West Norfolk Carers run a dementia cafe and also drop-in sessions at schools.

They receive funding from the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), West Norfolk council and Norfolk County Council and have received lottery funding in the past

Sara said: "Out chief executive officer Jane Evans is always looking for funds, fundraising and applying for grants."

At West Norfolk Carers a young carer is funded officially from age seven to 16, from 16 to 25 they are classed as a young adult carer and from age 25 become an adult carer.

In reality carers can be as young as two years old caring, for example, for a parent or sibling.

Ashley Byler, was a young carer with his sister, from the age of 10, to his mum who had a condition called Huntingdon's Disease.

Now aged 25, Ashley works as a young carer's support worker and his knowledge, experience and friendly nature as he stands outside The Place with leaflets mean he is ideal to give advice.

Ashley said: "Me and my sister got a young carer inspiration award and I met the Duke Of Edinburgh.

"I also met my partner through being a young carer so my life has changed thanks to being involved with West Norfolk Carers."

Sara said: "Ashley has lived it, he came to young carers' group and is now a support worker.

"We are today to help with anyone who may need a care needs assessment and getting funds for being a carer. Call 01553 768155 and we can give whole support over the phone."



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