Roadshow for county’s child carers

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Libraries in south east Northumberland will be hosting a roadshow for child carers during May.

The event is aimed at aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends who care for children full-time because they can no longer stay with their birth parents.

There are estimated to be more than 200,000 kinship carers throughout the country.

Many are older people who feel isolated and are not in touch with other carers in the same position.

The library drop-in events are part of the Relative Experience Project and offer an opportunity for carers to pop in for an informal chat, meet others and find out what help and support is available for them locally.

Senior family support co-ordinator, Vicky Jackson, said: “It is vital that people providing care in this way are fully aware of the information and guidance that is available to them, both at a local and national level and the event will give them the chance to do that.”

The events are free and will to be held at libraries in Cowpen on May 18 from 3pm to 5pm, (01670) 798104; Cramlington on May 26 from 11am to 1pm, (01670) 620232; Hirst on May 26 from 2pm to 4pm, (01670) 855275; Guide Post on May 27 from 10am to noon, (01670) 822745; and Seaton Sluice on May 27 from 2pm to 4pm (0191) 237 0210.