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Carers Support Centre Bristol and South Gloucestershire: Carers Befriending and Community Connection

Improving Connections Fund: Grants awarded

Carers Support Centre Bristol and South Gloucestershire: Carers Befriending and Community Connection

Older carers in rural areas of South Gloucestershire will be supported through this pilot initiative. Life for older carers is lonely and they are often housebound with limited interaction with peers or those who can empathise with their situation. This project aims to reduce isolation and loneliness for older carers and improve connections for older carers with information exchange and sustained peer support.

In response to a survey with carers in South Gloucestershire in October, 73% said their caring role has made them more isolated. This project aims to empower and connect older people, creating long lasting peer and community connections.

It gives a carer an outlet and helps with advice if you’re struggling. A carer can become overwhelmed at times and it's nice to have a chat with someone who understands.
It's an opportunity to compare notes and empathise with each other. Maybe make longer term friendships.
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