Councils Work Together to Support Unpaid Carers at Mid Devon Leisure Centres
Mid Devon District Council has teamed up with Devon County Council to support unpaid carers – people who voluntarily provide care to a loved one or friend – to access free leisure services in the district.
The two Councils are piloting a new scheme to provide free access for unpaid, adult carers to the three Mid Devon leisure centres, to encourage them to stay active.
Cllr Dennis Knowles, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing at Mid Devon, said: “We know there are many people in our district who will be facing financial hardship , yet will be doing their upmost to support those they care for. This is our way to support them and ensure they have access to high quality leisure facilities, enabling them to exercise freely and boost their own physical and mental wellbeing.”
The pilot project will run until the end of December at:
• Culm Valley Sports Centre
• Exe Valley Leisure Centre
• Lords Meadow Leisure Centre
Carers will need to show their Carers Passport at leisure centre receptions, which are available to them for free from Devon Carers.
Cllr James McInnes, Devon County Council's Cabinet Member responsible for adult carers support said:"We are concerned that with the financial impact of the pandemic and now the cost-of-living crisis, thousands of unpaid carers are needing to prioritise what they spend their budgets on and as a result, they're putting their own health and wellbeing on the back burner. That's a problem. We know that regular exercise and opportunities away from their caring roles are vital to people's physical and mental health and that in turn impacts on their ability to continue their caring role.”
Details about the facilities available at the leisure centres are available on the Mid Devon Leisure Centre website. Unpaid carers can access all activities, but classes and courts are advised to be booked in advance.
For information, advice and support, and to apply for your Carers Passport from Devon Carers please visit the Devon Carers website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Devon Carers Helpline on 03456 434 435.