A Potted History
Norwich and District Carers Forum was formally inaugurated on the 18th November 1993 and for £5,750 in set up costs it set out to identify and assess the needs of carers in the area. It secured charitable status in 1996 and became a network member of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers (now Carers Trust).
The organisation was re-modelled and newly named Norfolk Carers Support in 2013. Together with seven partners, the Carers Agency Partnership (CAP) was created and successfully tendered for a three year contract to provide support services to adult carers across Norfolk. From 2015, we led the partnership in delivering a service to many thousands of carers in the county.
In 2017, whilst retaining Norfolk Carers Support as our legal entity we re-branded and moved to the new operational identity of Norfolk Family Carers. The new name was chosen to reflect our work with carers and their families, recognising the benefits of an holistic approach to support.
Currently, we provide fortnightly groups and frequent trips/away days for young carers in the Norwich area and in partnership with The Matthew Project, we also support young carers across the county affected by others’ substance misuse. We are pleased to have an additional respite opportunity for young carers funded by Global’s Make Some Noise. The funds provide short breaks for young carers and their families.
We also have additional funding from the Mount Trust to provide respite activities for carers aged 16 and over who may have, or are at risk of developing, poor mental health.
We have recently been awarded funding from the East of England Co-op who are providing funding to support the mental health and wellbeing of young carers plus family outings and workshops for young carers supporting someone with Autism.
Information, advice and signposting is available for carers of all ages.
Thank you to all the charitable trusts and funders who support the work of Norfolk Family Carers.