County has biggest rise in carers in the country

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Northamptonshire has seen the biggest increase in adult carers in the country, according to Census figures.

There were 59,035 carers in the county in 2001 and the number rose to 69,498 in 2011, an increase of 18 per cent.

The number of carers in Corby increased from 5,142 in 2001 to 6,048 in 2011.

In the same period the figures went from 7,077 to 7,887 in Wellingborough, 8,199 to 9,742 in Kettering and 7,021 to 8,932 in East Northants.

As part of a campaign to raise awareness of the help available for carers, Northamptonshire Carers, the Carers Trust, The Co-operative and Nene Valley Community Action have organised a free event on Tuesday, July 2.

Jenny Osborne, from Northamptonshire Carers, said: “It is designed to give carers across Northamptonshire access to much-needed help, support and information, which will enable them to continue to care.

“Sitting services and other activities are designed to give carers a break from their day-to-day caring responsibilities and details of organisations providing these will be available on the day.”

The Carers Matters day will be held at Northampton Saints, Franklin’s Gardens, Weedon Road, Northampton, from 10am until 3pm.

Carers will be provided with free information and the opportunity to attend workshops, as well as being offered relaxation activities.

There will be market place areas to find out about local services, benefits and entitlements, breaks for carers and support services.

Holistic free taster therapies will also be available on the day, including Indian head massage, reiki and reflexology.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To book a place at the Carers Matters event call Nene Valley Community Action on 01933 396382 or email info@nvca.org.uk.

For more information about Carers Matters visit www.wholooksafteryou.co.uk.