Involve Carers have been invaluable to me over the last thirteen years. Barbara and her team have supported me during this time in a professional, sensitive and caring way and with respect for myself, the person I care for and our situation.

From feeling isolated, lonely and sad, they have given me strength, encouragement and the confidence to have a voice. On top of this, they have given me opportunities to meet up with other carers, many of which have become close friends.

The activities they offer Carers for leisure and fitness are varied and enjoyable (A chance for us to chat, cry laugh – we all do that) but without judgment.

Someone is always at the other end of the phone in the office and will always listen and support appropriately. I cannot express enough what a wonderful service this is.

They have supported me to complete benefits forms which I find daunting doing myself and have completed a carer’s assessment. This has been done in a professional and non-judgmental ways.

More recently, I have found myself looking out for and helping an aunt an uncle. This is in addition to my caring role. The team have supported me with this and helped to complete forms and other bits.

Through Involve Carers I have become part of Connecting Carers as a peer volunteer supporting other Carers

This opportunity is again another great thing that the team provides, enabling Carers to benefit from linking with and supporting each other

I could go on and on but I hope this gives an idea of some of the fantastic things that the team at Involve are achieving for carers in our area.