The Suffolk Serving Families Project gets the go ahead after the charity Suffolk Family Carers successfully receives a two year grant from the Armed Forces Covenant- Families In Stress Fund.
Sarah Potter, Mental Health & Wellbeing Service Manager said ‘ We are absolutely delighted at this news. We have lots of serving armed forces families in Suffolk and this project will enable us to help identify the family carers within those families and help them access support in their caring roles’.
‘There is limited evidence about the amount of individuals who have caring roles within a serving family, however we know from the increasing amount of referrals that we are receiving that those people are out there, the provision of this grant will enable us to have a specific link worker to focus on this area of caring and to make links with the bases in our community- we want to be there as an additional resource for them’.
‘ I really want to thank the family carers who helped us shape our application, and also the input from the support staff at the bases and Family Federations who helped us ensure that we were listening to and reflecting the needs of family carers within the Armed Forces community in Suffolk’
By raising awareness and understanding of family carers and their roles within the Armed Forces community, individuals and their families can access support and information.
For support, information and advice contact Suffolk Family Carers on 01473 835477 or visit www.suffolkfamilycarers.org