£360,000 Lottery ‘win’ for Ribble Valley carers

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MORE than a hundred people – including many in the Ribble Valley – who care for partners, family or friends with dementia are set to benefit from a major lottery bid windfall.

Three local Crossroads charity organisations – Crossroads Care Ribble Valley, Crosssroads Care Hyndburn and Crossroads Care East Lancashire – have successfully secured more than £360,000 from the Big Lottery Fund for their project to give carers “A Proper Break”.

The funding is expected to provide more than 100 carers with 35,000 hours of respite support, which will hopefully reduce stress, increase confidence and potentially improve health and wellbeing, as carers take a proper break from their caring responsibilities.

Local people who currently care for those with dementia have said the following:

l “The project is needed to give carers the strength to be able to cope for caring for relatives with this terrible illness in their own homes.”

l “Sometimes the responsibility of caring for a partner with dementia becomes overwhelming and the carer needs a proper break to recharge their batteries.”

l “It will help dementia sufferers and their carers to maintain some kind of social interaction in the community.”

Crossroads Care East Lancashire chairman Phil Spencer commented: “The success of this bid is excellent news for the charities involved, the trustees, staff, carer support workers and carers.

“This opportunity to provide ‘a proper break’ from their caring responsibilities to those who look after partners, family members or friends with dementia is absolutely fantastic.” As part of the delivery the charities will recruit an additional six carer support workers from the local areas and provide the training required, representing an excellent employment opportunity for those considering a career in caring and carer support.

Those interested in finding out if they can benefit from the “a proper break” project or in the employment opportunities it is creating should visit: www.aproperbreak.co.uk, e-mail: enquiries@crossroadseastlancs.org.uk or phone: 01282 832548.

l Crossroads Care Ribble Valley covers Clitheroe, Longridge, Chipping and throughout the Ribble Valley, providing respite care for carers – people of any age who provide unpaid support to family or friends whose health or wellbeing could suffer without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner, child or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health problems.

The “a proper break” project is specifically for dementia, which is a common condition. In the North West there are an estimated 82,661 people with dementia and of those people approximately 46,709 remain undiagnosed and are missing out on access to the right treatment and support to help them live well.

This figure is expected to rise and the number of people living with dementia in the area in 2021 is predicted to increase to an estimated 107,589 people. Usually dementia occurs in people who are 65 or over. The older you get, the more likely you are to develop it. Dementia is slightly more common in women than in men.