Something I have known about for awhile is the gap in support for carers here. You are fine if you a carer with no children, you have the carers centre with a wide range of groups for people to attend both without the person they care for and with the person they care for, they even have groups specifically for carers of someone with a mental illness but they rely on the fact you don’t have children. Then you have support for those who are caring for a child allowing the child to partake in activities while providing respite for the parents and allowing parents to talk to people who understand what they are going through.
The one thing that doesn’t seem to exist is family support for those who are caring and have children, like myself caring for Chris and also having three children to look after, no family support exists where we could meet other families going through the same and allow my children to be with other children who understand how they feel. This doesn’t so much matter now while the girls are still so young but as they get older I would like them to have support and others around them who understand. I know it is something that is needed, I have heard many professionals working with other people say that there should be a group/support for families and sometimes I wish there was something I could do about it. Sadly I have already got a lot going on and to be honest I wouldn’t have a clue where to start with setting something like that up. It will be something that I will keep in mind for the future though.