A one-stop shop for carers is to be launched in Gosport next month.
The Carers’ Hub will run on the last Monday of the month at Nobes Hall, in Nobes Avenue, Bridgemary, starting on July 27.
It will offer vital support and information for carers – offering them a place to turn to if they need help or advice.
The hub will run from 10am-4pm and will be free to attend for carers and the people they care for.
It is being run by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire and funded by NHS Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Claire Skilton, who is managing the project for The Princess Royal Trust, said: ‘These hubs are proving a terrific shoulder for a number of carers to lean on.
‘It’s a place where they can go to find out more about services but also, very importantly, to mix socially with fellow carers and know that they are not alone.
‘The hubs reduce social isolation and provide both professional and peer support – and have led to friendships developing.
‘The carer becomes better informed and is therefore able to make choices clearly.
‘They find out more about their rights and entitlements, which will lead to reduced inequalities.
‘Carers are also able to access health checks and gain advice on accessing health services in an appropriate and timely manner.
‘Various organisations and professionals, such as a law firm, telecare agency, British Red Cross and trading standards, will join together at the hub to promote their services and be available to offer support, advice, information and guidance to carers. It’s a one-stop shop.’
An area of relaxation is also provided where newspapers, crossword puzzles, jigsaws, a reminiscence area and other activities are provided.
Light refreshments such as tea, coffee and cold drinks are available.
Dr David Chilvers, who chairs the CCG, said: ‘Many carers face huge pressures and challenges in looking after their loved ones.
‘Hopefully the hub will offer them some invaluable help and support.’