ST LUKE’s Hospice is calling on carers to sign up to their free support group.

The hospice’s ‘Time Out’ group offers support tailored to the needs of the carer, whether that is practical, emotional or spiritual support.

The group provides expert advice and information to help the carer manage the ups and downs of the caring role.

A spokesman for St Luke’s Hospice said: “Carers might not always think of themselves as being ‘carers’.

“They may simply see themselves as supporting or looking after someone who is struggling with a life limiting illness.

“However, the stresses and strains of caring can take their toll, which is why St Luke’s Hospice cares for the carer as well as the patient.”

St Luke’s offers a range of complementary therapies to aid relaxation, as well as a friendly spiritual care team, helpful social workers and professional counsellors.

The spokesman said: "Time Out also gives carers just that – a break from caring – and the opportunity to socialise with others carers and to share experiences and advice.

“All of St Luke’s services are provided free of charge. However, they can only continue with financial support.”

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If you care for someone and need support, contact the Time Out team on 01606 555681.