A CHARITY that supports unpaid carers in South Lakeland officially opened its new premises in Kendal today.

Carer Support South Lakes moved to 7, Wainwright’s Yard, Kendal, last summer but due to the pandemic was unable to use the hub ‘to its full potential’ according to CEO Mike Seaton.

It is hoped the new hub will offer a more ‘accessible’ point for people to access the support and help they need.

The charity estimates there are more than 12,000 carers in the South Lakes area, and it currently supports around 1,350- ranging from young carers as young as six to people in their 80s.

“The most important thing for us is to be on this walkway so that people can access us straight through the door,” said Mr Seaton.

“If we’re not able to help them we can refer them to the agencies that can.”

The opening ceremony saw volunteers, service users and several dignitaries from the county attending, including the mayor of Kendal Doug Rathbone, Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria Claire Hensman and the High Sheriff of Cumbria David Beeby.