A NEW scheme to support under-the-radar carers in Rutland was launched on Monday.
High Sheriff of Rutland Peter Lawson was the first person in the county to sign up to the Carers Champions Scheme in Rutland which is being run by Rutland Citizens Advice Bureau in High Street, Oakham.
The aim of the scheme is to appoint champions in communities from various groups and councils who will identify carers in their area and offer them support.
Bureau director Jayne Clayton-Janes said: “Many carers do not recognise themselves as a carer although they help someone without payment with a wide range of activities such as cooking, shopping, medication, social and emotional support, dressing, bathing and feeding.
“It can affect carers’ health, personal relationships, family life, employment, finance and leisure as well as being a very isolating experience.
“This service is here to tell them of the wide range of support, services and entitlements available and our network of champions should reach every corner of Rutland.
“The fact that Mr Lawson was the first to sign up shows how important this is to people in the community.”
Once champions have signed up to the scheme they will receive a “champion pin badge” and a supply of signposting cards to spread the word that Rutland cares for its carers.
They will aim to notice carers through their work, neighbourhood or organisation and explain there is support and advice locally and signpost to it.
Support will be offered over telephone or through face to face home visits.
There are estimated to be more than 3,000 carers in Rutland with more people taking on new caring responsibilities each year.