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While many carers do encounter loneliness, there are many organisations and groups out there that offer a lot of support and chances for carers to socialise more when they can.

Here we highlight some of the best.

Employers for Carers

1 in 9 people in the workforce are caring for loved ones while juggling their work. Employers for Carers encourages carer-recognition in the workforce with e-learning modules and more.

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Portsmouth Carer's breaks cookery sessions

Portsmouth Council now offers cookery classes for carers. For many carers food choices are an afterthought and time spent socialising has to be meticulously planned and justified.

The cookery sessions offer the chance to learn new skills with a quality break from their caring role.

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Neath Port Talbot's Connecting Carers Project

To lessen the impact of isolation and loneliness among carers Neath Port Talbot's Carers' Service now offer a sitting service and a carer connector.

The Sitting Service provides peace of mind to carers with a volunteer put in place to keep the cared for company while the carer is able to "have a life of their own" and a break form their caring role.

The Carer Connector works one-to-one with carers to support them in accessing anything and everything in their own community. This could be training, volunteering, leisure activities, or hobbies.

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Carers Time Bank in Central London

For lonely carers, a dearth of time is one of the biggest reasons for losing touch with friends and family or struggling to maintain hobbies and interests. The time bank can help carers socialise through volunteering for as few or as many hours as they can, getting the time back when they want to.

Currently, over 114 carers volunteer as part of the scheme for as few or as many hours as they want, at a time that suits their needs. For every hour ‘donated’, carers can earn a time credit that can be used to claim back a session from another member.

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Carer Support Groups Northern Ireland

Carers Northern Ireland facilitates a number of Carers Support Groups in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

When you're looking after someone it can often feel like you're on your own. Joining a local support group can help to connect you with people who know what you're going through.

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Combatting loneliness in the workplace - TfL

Transport for London’s Carers Staff Network is helping to reduce isolation and loneliness by recognising the challenges that carers face.

“Our Carers Staff Network Group provides a forum for employees to meet fellow carers at TfL and it gives them the opportunity to talk to each other, be supported and share advice.

"With many carers feeling isolated, we’ve found that the group has a huge impact on those who are part of it because they get the chance to meet other people who understand what they are going through. It makes them feel less alone.”

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