Unpaid carers in County Durham are being offered the chance to take a well-earned break from their responsibilities.

Durham County Council and NHS County Durham and Darlington have once again secured funding to help some of the 57,000 unpaid carers in the area take some time out for themselves.

The Government cash can be used to pay for a range of break activities and equipment as well as residential breaks for carers of people with a range of conditions.

Cllr Morris Nicholls, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for adult services, said: “The council and the NHS recognise and value the support provided by unpaid carers in the county and through this funding we hope to give them the chance to have a well-earned break from what can be a very demanding role.”

For more information about carer’s breaks visit www.durhamcarers.info or call Social Care Direct on 0845 50 50 10 during office hours.