Male carer support project to launch in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 08:01 07 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:25 11 March 2019

Carer Jason. Picture Action East Devon

Carer Jason. Picture Action East Devon

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Action East Devon set to start Hi Vis campaign

A new ‘Hi Vis’ campaign is being launched in Seaton to raise awareness of the issues faced by male carers.

Some 42 per cent of unpaid carers are men and yet most are often over looked by society, say health officials.

In fact, many men who care for a loved one don’t even consider themselves a carer.

More than eight in 10 carers describe themselves as lonely or isolated and male carers are less likely to seek help or support.

Now Action East Devon is set to address the issue, by encouraging men to access the support they are entitled to and running a series of activities so they can have some time for themselves and meet others in the same boat.

The project will be launched at Seaton Jurassic on Tuesday March 19 from 2.30pm until 4pm.

The orgnaisers will welcome men who care for a loved one, enable them to find out more about the project, try out new activities and meet other male carers.

Hi Vis will support people like Jason who has cared for his wife who was diagnosed with a lung condition in 2010.

Jason gave up his job to care for her and as well as the financial concerns this caused, they found that spending that much time together was a real strain on their relationship.

He said: “Caring takes a lot of the emotion out of the relationship because your primary purpose isn’t to be a lover or husband, you’re a nurse and a carer.

“Having a chronic illness obviously dramatically changes the nature of your relationship, the physical acts of intimacy and other things.

“There must be a heck of a lot of blokes in this situation and struggling but too proud, too embarrassed, too shy or just don’t know what to do and sinking more everyday. The key thing is you don’t have to do everything on your own, pride is all well and good but you can’t eat it or pay bills with it.”

Hi Vis Project co-ordinator, Angie McTiernan said: “We have found that male carers really need to take time for themselves. I am really looking forward to meeting male carers at the Hi Vis launch and finding out how we can best support them as well as encouraging them to try out new things.”

Hi Vis is run by Action East Devon and is funded by the Building Connections Fund. The Building Connections Fund is supported by Her Majesty’s Government and National Lottery players, through the Big Lottery Fund.

To attend the launch email hivis@actioneastdevon.org.uk or call 01404 549045.

There will be free refreshments and family members are welcome.

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