Jersey charity calls for carers' rights

A mental health charity wants more rights and support for carers.

Mind said about 7,000 people cared for a relative or partner at home in Jersey and they were really struggling.

The chief executive of Mind, Philip Le Claire, said many had health problems of their own as a result of their caring duties.

He said that providing about 90 hours a week of unpaid care for their loved ones meant some people faced poverty and so should be given more support.

He wants to see carers have access to more financial and respite support from the States of Jersey.

Mr Le Claire said: "We don't have the legislation in Jersey that you would have in the UK where carers have rights.

"In Jersey we are just starting to develop some respite care services for adults but it still means that most of them have to struggle by with very little support."

He said it was an issue he would be taking up with the new States members after the election.

One organisation that offers help and training to carers is the St John Ambulance in Jersey.

Acting Commander John Pinel said he was shocked when he learnt how many carers there were.

Mr Pinel said he wants the States to at least recognise and appreciate the work charities such as his do in the community.

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