A scheme supported by Dorset County Council is encouraging people to care for others.
The man behind the ‘Carers Card‘ initiative, Peter England, believes the card is a good incentive for people to care for others.
The scheme was set up to provide support for unpaid carers in Dorset by offering them discounts at a range of places as a recognition and ‘thank you’ for their hard work.
With carers being in houses all day, looking after elderly, ill or bed bound people, Mr England knows days for carers can be boring and lonely. He believes the card gives unpaid carers that boost they need to go out and do something for themselves.
The card offers discounts on days out and activities, as well as in some shops and restaurants. Over 200 businesses have chosen to support this initiative already, with more joining regularly.
The scheme was set up last year and all unpaid carers in the Dorset area are eligible for a card.
According to Dorset County Council, there are currently around 40,000 unpaid carers in the area.
Peter England issues the card to all unpaid carers who apply for one and understands that they need some care too, and we have to recognise the value of the carers in our communities.
The Council hopes that the scheme will encourage people to become part of carer communities and do things for themselves as well as the people they volunteer to care for.
Unpaid carers put their lives on hold in order to help those in need. The aim of the Carers Card is to recognise the unpaid carers and give them some benefits, while also encouraging people to volunteer to help and in return gain the discount card.