The Kernos centre, which provides counselling and psychotherapy services in Sudbury, has won a grant from Suffolk County Council.
This money will enable the centre in Friars Street to offer one-to-one counselling support, specifically aimed at helping family carers.
“Caring for a family member or a close friend, because of old age, illness or disability, can have a huge emotional, physical and financial impact on a carer,” said Kernos director Chris Boatwright.
“As a result, many carers experience depression, feeling highly stressed and fearful of what the future holds, both for them and the person they care for.
“Carers face a daily struggle with their role, which is often not of their choosing, and this can result in feelings of anger, guilt, resentment and ongoing grief.”
The county council’s grant will allow the charity to offer free, confidential, one-to-one weekly counselling sessions for between 40 and 50 family carers over the next year.
Mrs Boatwright said: “This grant will allow us to offer family carers – a largely unrecognised and undervalued group in society, who tend to suffer in silence – an innovative, free service to help improve their lives.
“Sadly, there are many local people looking after adult family members or friends who don’t consider themselves as carers, so they are unaware of, and therefore missing out on, essential support.
“Kernos is now able to provide this support free, which will hopefully help more people to successfully cope with their extremely demanding caring role.”
The non-profit organisation also provides professional supervision and training and skills training, as well as individual counselling and support.
For more information on the Kernos Centre and its services, call 01787 882883 or go to its website at www.kernos.org.