Norfolk Carers Support (formerly Norwich and District Carers Forum) was set up following a meeting of interested parties at City Hall in Norwich in April 1993. It was formally inaugurated on the 18th November 1993 at Blackfriars Hall. It’s set up costs were met by Norfolk County Council (£5,750), with a primary task in it’s first year to identify and assess the needs of Carers.
It secured charitable status in 1996 and became a network member of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers. The organisation grew and expanded its range and core. During this period the majority of our funding came from Norfolk County Council.
In 2012 The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care joined forces to create a new umbrella organisation, The Carers Trust.
In 2013 Norfolk Carers Support started a total organisation evaluation and re-organisation. At this time out contract for providing adult carers support was ending. Together with seven partners CAP (the Carers Agency Partnership) was created and successfully tendered for a three year contract to provide support services to adult carers across Norfolk. We also provide a Big Lottery funded project identifying and supporting Young Adult Carers (16-24 years). This is in it’s second year of a three year project, and has to date supported over 100 young adults. Despite losing central funding for our Young Carers groups, we continue to provide Norwich based young carers groups and frequent trips for our young carers.
This year we are thrilled to be working with The Matthew Project on a new service to support carers affected by others’ substance misuse.