DOZENS of carers attended an information event in Romsey.

Carers had the opportunity to talk to experts and find out more about their rights at the event held at Abbotswood Court in Romsey.

The initiative marked Carers Rights Day.

The coffee morning saw staff at the home and expert speakers from Hampshire County Council, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Unity Volunteering, sharing information and tips to help carers understand their rights and how to access the vital support they are entitled to.

This annual day, which this year was celebrated on November 30, is organised by the charity Carers UK and brings together organisations from across the country to help and advise carers in their local communities.

Gemma Ridout-Bowden, general manager of Abbotswood Court, said: “This is a cause close to our hearts; as a day care and respite care home, as well as a residential home, we work with many families caring for loved ones at home, so we well understand how isolating and overwhelming it can be.

“We were so pleased to welcome this group of carers to join us here at Abbotswood Court for this special event, and to provide an opportunity not only to share useful information, but also a chance for them to meet fellow carers, chat and take a little time for themselves.”

Sharing information about the ways in which their organisations can support carers were Sue Pidduck, head of transformation, design and implementation for adult’s health and care at Hampshire County Council, Jenny Little of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire, and Terry Bishop, chief executive of Unity Volunteering.