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Leadership talk on back-burner as North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb opens carer network in North Walsham

Norman Lamb launching carers' network in North Walsham. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Norman Lamb launching carers' network in North Walsham. Picture: Sonya Duncan

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He’s one of the bookies’ favourites to become the Liberal Democrats’ new leader, but North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb still has to carry out his official duties.

And on Saturday, June 17, he officially opened the North Walsham Carer Friendly Network, a partnership set up by Norfolk Carers, along with local voluntary groups and organisations

The scheme aims to bring the community together and make a difference to the support that unpaid carers receive.

It was launched at the Roman Catholic Church Hall in Norwich Road, and Mr Lamb said: “Carers deserve our recognition and gratitude for the inspiring work they do. Too often, however, this work goes unnoticed and the needs of carers are overlooked.

“Being a carer can be an immensely challenging, isolating experience. We have to do more to support people who look after a loved one – to help them to look after themselves and be able to live their own lives as individuals.

“The launch of the network is therefore incredibly welcome. I hope that by working together as a network, local groups will be better able to identify carers who are in need of extra support and ensure they receive the help and advice they need.”

The scheme aims to achieve a better understanding of the support that’s available to residents and carers, among local groups and organisations, service providers and planners and to improve communication and joint working between them.

Peter de Oude, from Norfolk Carers, who is developing the Think Carer Programme, said: “It means that unpaid carers will be better connected with each other, and local groups and organisations, and so be better informed about what’s available.

“We know this peer support complements clinical care, benefits carers’ day to day living skills, self-esteem, physical and mental health and wellbeing, and their strength and ability to cope with the demands of looking after someone.

“The growing number of groups that are joining the network offer such a diversity of support which means that fewer local residents will reach crisis point - one of the main aims of the Think Carer Programme.”

Mr Lamb is still undecided about whether he will run for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats, after Tim Farron stood down.

Call Norfolk Carers Advice Line for more information on 0808 808 9876 or www.norfolkcarers.org.uk

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