A CAMPAIGNING group has been set up to help carers combat one of their biggest problems - getting information on the help available.

Carers Voice was formed by people who met by attending Blackburn with Darwen Carers Forum, which is supported by Blackburn with Darwen Council for Voluntary Service Carers Project.

Carers worker Sarah Richardson said: "One in eight adults in the UK look after a relative or friend who cannot manage without help because of sickness, age or disability.

"Lack of information was found to add to carers' stress and isolation. The new group hopes to put that right by launching a special support, training and advice centre for the whole community."

New members, especially carers and former carers with financial skills, are being sought to join the project.

Events have been organised in Blackburn and Darwen for National Carers Week which runs from today until June 13.

Age Concern Carers Day today was featuring drop in advice on health issues until 3pm at Apnar Day Centre in Bangor Street, Blackburn, and information on benefits at Blackburn Advice Centre, Salford, until 3pm.

A carers information stand will be at Morrisons supermarket tomorrow between 10am and 4pm. A foot massage and aromatherapy session for women carers will run between 1pm and 3pm. Visitors should take a towel.

A stress management workshop and a young carers seminar will run on Wednesday. Two benefits and general advice session will take place at the Citizens Advice Bureau on Thursday and and an information stand will be at Darwen Market on Friday.

For details on the Carers Forum or Carers Week activities ring 01254 583957.

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