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Good news--it is quite likely that there is money available for you to get a gym membership! Direct Payments to Carers are being offered by Social Care. The Direct Payment is used to help with the cost of training, equipment, recreation, or respite for carers and their families.
There is also a program with funding for one off direct payments of up to £1000. For a Carers Assessment to look at your various options, please make an appointment to talk to your Care Manager or Social Worker. Or you can contact the Surrey County Council Contact Centre at 08456 009009.
Congratulations on taking care of yourself and seeking a break. It is well known that being a carer, especially long-term, can add a lot of stress to your life and health. For example, carers may not get enough physical activity or eat a balanced diet, and this increases vulnerability to problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. The emotional and physical demands involved with being a carer can strain even the most capable person. That's why it's so important to take advantage of the help and support available to you.
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