Why support us We know that half of us will become unpaid carers in our lifetime, which means that either you are now, or you know someone who may need support. That’s why Worcestershire Association of Carers was formed. We are here to support the carers of the county, whatever they have to cope with in their caring role. We know that due to the pressure of the caring role: 41% of carers have experienced physical injury or their health and emotional wellbeing has suffered 84% say they feel stressed 78% say they feel anxious 55% have suffered from depression 48% are struggle to make ends meet 80% feel lonely or isolated There are more 63,000 carers in Worcestershire. We support around 11,000, leaving 52,000 carers to find! WAC offer much needed information, advice, support, training, telephone befriending services and carers groups. We are also at the forefront of ensuring that the voice of the carer is heard so that they influence the services that are provided. As a charity we rely on the kindness and support of the community, whether that is through individual giving, through local businesses, grants from charitable trusts, contracts secured from the statutory sector or generous donations. We are grateful for every single penny raised for Worcestershire's carers. What does it cost? £240 will train a volunteer for the End of Life or Talktime, telephone befriending services £120 will help us support an isolated Carer with a befriending service for one year £30 will pay for a “Caring with Confidence” session for a carer looking after someone nearing their end of life or information and advice for a new carer. Carers talk about the importance of our support services “ WAC has given me confidence to lead my life and not feel guilty to do so.” "Being able to talk to someone else about the problems you are having makes you feel less isolated" " I have had a lot more strength to cope due to the support I have had" Would you like to donate? If you'd like to make a donation, there are a number of options. Online: Simply click the 'donate' button to the top right of this page, and follow the instructions on the screen. You can choose to donate any amount and you can direct your donation to a specific service or fund within the charity. Just comment on your donation and we will make sure it goes to the right place By Post: If you would prefer to send your donation in the post, you can do so by writing a cheque to Worcestershire Association of Carers and sending it to our Head Office in Worcester: Polysec House, Blackpole Trading Estate West, Hindlip Lane, Worcester, WR3 8TJ. Leaving a gift in your will: A gift from you, no matter how big or small, can make a huge difference to carers in Worcestershire. Please seek legal advice so that your will is legally accurate and all of your wishes are followed. If you are interested in finding out more about getting involved please email [email protected] or click DONATE at the top of the page.