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Carers get pounds 500k Big Lottery boost Limited Availability; Funding to raise level of respite support.

Byline: GEMMA ELLIS

CARERS are to benefit from a donation of over half a million pounds.

Money awarded to the North East Wales Carers Information Services (NEWCIS) is a gift from the Big Lottery Fund and will benefit the carers of Flintshire who look after those with a long term illness or disability.

The pounds 555,081 gift will kick start a new project to help carers over 18 and relieve some of the pressures they face.

Focused on rural areas of depravation the project will increase levels of support. Claire Sullivan, Carer Services Coordinator at NEWCIS said "We are in touch with about 3,500 carers. This money means we will now be able to fill the gaps in provision and help people who currently don't have any support."

An estimated 20,000 carers are registered in Flintshire and this project will provide emergency respite care and carer support groups.

A total of pounds 2,394,151 is being awarded through the 'People and Places'' scheme which will support 11 different projects in Wales.

? For further information about the People and Places programme and how you can apply for funding, visit biglotteryfund.

org.uk/wales welshnews@dailypost.co.uk Without NEWCIS' backing I would have caved in CASE STUDY: CARER DI WEED FULL time carer Di Weed, 57, has cared for her father with Alzheimer's for over eight years.

Until last November Di of Buckley, Flintshire was caring for her mother too.

"Without NEWCIS, I honestly think I would have caved in... they have been brilliant and they've given me so much support and advice." The new project is going to be fabulous for carers."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 15, 2011
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