Funding crisis threatens closure of vital service for Leicester family carers
28th May 2012
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The Carers Centre (LeicesterShire and Rutland)


The Carers Centre is a Leicestershire based charity founded in 1994, and providing a range of services for carers.  We have a highly regarded and vital counselling service to support family carers in emotional crisis, which has been described as ‘a lifeline’.


Carers who access our counselling service are often at a critical stage, unable to cope with their heartbreaking situations and often suffering from a high degree of stress and depression.  Carers in poor mental health themselves are often unable to continue with their caring roles, which has a massive impact on our overstretched health service. 



“Anyone can suddenly find themselves in the role of a carer when a family member is struck by a life threatening illness, accident or a chronic degenerative condition.”



92 people become carers each day across Leicestershire


A survey called “Carers in Households” carried out by the NHS found that two thirds of carers reported their health had been affected by caring.


A study from Carers UK called “Ignored and Invisible” found that more than 50% of family carers have been treated for a stress-related illness since becoming a carer.



We are urgently seeking local support to help us reach our target of £25,000 to continue our

counselling service



£25,000 will support 110 family carers and 1,180 counselling sessions per year

If you would like more information or to arrange a meeting, interview or photo opportunity please contact


Charles Huddleston

Manager – The Carers Centre

0116 251 0999

07833 051 870


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