Vital help is on the cards

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A NEW card to help Wearside carers has been unveiled.

Sunderland Carers’ Centre gave out the first of its new credit card-sized guides, featuring vital contact information, in Washington, with plans for it to be rolled out across Sunderland.

Those involved in developing the card, which is designed to fit in a wallet or purse, attended the launch at Rickleton Medical Centre, including carers, councillors and health workers.

Sarann Valentine, development worker at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, said: “The card gives us a wonderful opportunity to make contact with carers in the Washington area who currently receive no support or information from social care or voluntary services.”

She added: “A group of carers I support came up with the idea for the card.”

The launch also aimed to highlight the important role that GP practices play in supporting carers and how much they will be needed to ensure the success of the card, as well as the work done by the 32,000 carers across the city.

Jackie Russell, practice manager at Rickleton Medical Centre, said: “We think it is a great way for carers to pick up vital contacts quickly and is easy for our staff to give out.

“We see the card as the first step to really helping carers we come into contact with.”

The cards will be available at a range of locations including libraries, pharmacies, schools and GP practices.

The cards give contact details of where carers can go for help and advice and also a number for emergencies to be used outside of normal working hours.

To find out more about the initiative, contact Sunderland Carers’ Centre on 567 3232.

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