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Older carers looking after those with learning disabilities benefit from £52,000 grant to Reach Learning Disability by Nottinghamshire Freemasons

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A hundred older carers who look after people with learning disabilities will be given help and support thanks to a grant of £52,000 to Reach Learning Disability by Nottinghamshire Freemasons.

There are more than 15,000 people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire, a number that is expected to rise. Many of them live at home and are looked after by carers who are often in their 70s or 80s.

Peter and Sarah. (34165208)
Peter and Sarah. (34165208)

One of the biggest problems for their carers is a lack of social contact so the grant will be used to help them form social networks, with informal drop-in sessions and subsidised massage and reflexology sessions.

One-to-one support will be available for those who need it.

Julia Sandhu, fundraising director of Reach Learning Disability, said: “We are very grateful to Nottinghamshire Freemasons for their generous grant, which will allow us to help a hundred older carers.

“They carry on, many with financial difficulties, often with little or no assistance from anyone else.

“Reach aims to give them the support they need.”

Family carer Peter Good, said: “As Sarah’s dad I don’t always think of myself as a carer. You are just doing the best you can for your son or daughter from day to day ­— but getting the right support makes all the difference.

“Even faced with all the challenges at the moment, you don’t have to be alone.

“It’s wonderful that Nottinghamshire Freemasons have given Reach a grant to support older carers.

“This project will help bring people together in new ways and that’s needed more than ever now.”

The grant is made through through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, funded by Freemasons, their families and friends across England and Wales.

Philip Marshall, head of Nottinghamshire Freemasons, said: “I am very pleased we have been able to help Reach Learning Disability who do truly outstanding work across the county, supporting people with learning disabilities and those who care for them.

“These carers are older people who often lead very lonely lives, devoted to looking after a family member and Reach is there for them.”

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