Published 2nd March 2021 by

A carers group in Diss has spoken of its delight after being given a grant to help provide a Christmas party and other crucial activities.

The Diss Carers Support Group regularly have 15 people attend their monthly sessions, benefitting from some much-needed social interaction and respite.

The volunteer-led group, which meets at St Mary’s Church hall in Mount Street, was supported with a £400 grant from the Small Grants for Carers Group scheme, run by Carers Matter Norfolk

Jacqueline Smyth, speaking on behalf of the group, said the money would be used to subsidise a Christmas party, free prize draw, outing and free meal, as well as the cost of organising a speaker for one of their monthly meetings.

She added: “The group offers advice and information, social activities and support and help to access services.

“The carers enjoy their meetings and see it as a very useful association and share their problems.

“We are delighted that we have been supported by Carers Matter Norfolk in this way.”

Small Grants for Carers Groups are administered by Carers Voice Norfolk & Waveney and offered by Carers Matter Norfolk, a countywide service that offers free support to unpaid carers aged 16+-plus, caring for someone aged 18 years old or above.

Funded by Norfolk County Council and the NHS, Carers Matter Norfolk is led and shaped by carers, empowering and enabling them to improve their lives.

For more information and details on how to apply for a grant, please contact 0800 083 1148 or visit