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Carers Card Celebrates its Second Anniversary

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Claire Gauden
Written by Claire Gauden

The Carers Card is two years old!

Carers Card launched in June 2016 and aims to recognise the hard work of unpaid carers across the county of Dorset. The card enables unpaid carers to obtain discounts with any business that signs up to the scheme. The scheme is funded by Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, The Borough of Poole and Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.

Carers Card needs more businesses to join the scheme, this discount scheme helps to remind the wider community that unpaid carers are out there amongst us and that there is actually something positive they can do to support them. The increased visibility that the Carers Card offers helps carers to feel valued in our society and appreciative of that extra support and recognition the card gives. It is estimated that unpaid carers across the UK save the country approximately £60 billion a year (Office of National Statistics 2017).

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Since its launch, Carers Card has acquired more than 240 business signings and has over 7,000 unpaid carers currently entitled to discounts across the county.
Carers Week https://www.carersweek.org/ is a national campaign held annually aimed at raising the awareness of unpaid carers across the country. What better time for new businesses to join for free – sign up online at www.mycarerscard.co.uk/for-business email julie@mycarerscard.co.uk or telephone 01202 764778

About the author

Claire Gauden

Claire Gauden

Claire is regional manager for Age Space in Dorset and also owns her own reflexology practice. She lives in the beautiful Bride Valley with her husband, two children and a very mischievous border terrier. In her spare time she enjoys yoga and has a keen interest in women's literature. Claire is also passionate about her work with local charities.