Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Group's a Lifeline

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Group's a Lifeline

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Dedicated Pauline Robinson, pictured, has been caring for her husband Stephen since he retired in 1994 and volunteers at the Gateshead Carers Association office.

Pauline, from Bensham, Gateshead, is just one of hundreds of carers and carer supporters taking part in this week's activities, all aiming to tell people about the vital work they do.

Painter and decorator Stephen, 49, suffers from depression and anxiety attacks, but thankfully Pauline is there to support and look after him, whether it's boosting him when he feels down or providing support when he goes out into crowded places, a task he sometimes finds daunting.

"Since I got in touch with the Carers Association they have given me tremendous support," said Pauline, 48, who has two children with Stephen.

"It can be anything from one-to-one talks for emotional help to practical guidance and it's especially important because sometimes life as a carer can be tough. It all helps me get through life at home. …

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