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Dorset carers advice website launched
2:30pm Tuesday 26th February 2013 in News
A NEW ‘gateway’ providing information and advice for carers has been launched in Dorset.
Packed with details of local services, support, national developments and links to useful organisations, the Dorset Carers Hub will provide information at the click of a button.
Andrew Cattaway, cabinet member for adult social care at Dorset County Council, said: “Carers in Dorset play a vital role in caring for relatives or friends at home who may be ill, frail or disabled.
“There are many organisations in the county that provide support.
“Our new Hub aims to bring them all together, helping to identify and support all carers, ensuring that they claim the benefits and practical support to which they are entitled.
“We also want to encourage carers to contribute their views and participate in discussions on the Facebook pages to help shape services in the future.”
There are more than 49,000 carers across the county.
They can now search for local events and news, access training opportunities, short breaks and advocacy groups, and find out about benefits and entitlements.
The website will also help make carers aware of the range of health and social care services in the county including services run by local voluntary organisations.
It has been developed by Dorset Carers Partnership which works to provide a voice for carers across the county.
It is hosted by Dorset County Council and funding has been provided by NHS Dorset.
To access the Dorset Carers Hub visit dorsetforyou.com/carers.