A MULTITUDE of unpaid carers are being offered much-needed help by a North-East charity as the cost of living crisis pushes them deeper into poverty.

A range of advice and activities was organised to mark National Carers’ Week by Durham County Carers Support.

Official estimates claim there are 13.6 million unpaid carers in country, an increase of 4.5 million since the beginning of the pandemic, tens of thousands in Darlington and County Durham.

Their tireless efforts save the taxpayer an estimated £132 billion a year as they take on roles which would otherwise be the responsibility of the State.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, many have been forced into poverty and with the cost of living crisis this is getting worse by the day,” said DCCS chief executive Jenni Wood.

“Carers do not recognise themselves in the role so don’t access the support they need, often until there is a crisis. Durham County Carers Support is working across County Durham and Darlington to highlight the support available through many face to face and online events, and information days for carers and professionals.

“We offer help with benefits, finances, counselling, support groups and specialist and have organised a range of events to raise awareness.”

A new website features the events at dccarers.org/groups-and-events/ where carers can access an array of resources, or call 0300-0051213 for more information.

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