In 1991, nobody really knew much about carers. They knew carers existed, but they didn’t know what their lives were like, what they needed, what made them tick. So the local NHS and Leicestershire County Council funded a project to find out more, to be run by Voluntary Action Leicester. The project ran for three years and found that carers needed:
- Advice and Information
- Benefits help
- A break from caring
- Someone to speak up for, and with, them
And all this in a sort of “One Stop Shop.”
And that’s how CLASP, (Carers of Leicestershire Advocacy Support Project) was born, starting with the same project team and setting up as a separate charity in 1995. The team worked throughout the City, County and Rutland and in 1996, CLASP joined the then Princess Royal Trust for Carers Network (now Carers Trust) to become a Carers Centre.
Since then we've gone on to provide direct support for over 12,000 local carers and have ran many successful projects and services that have helped carers across all areas of their caring roles and responsibilities.
30 years later and despite many changes and challenges, we are still here providing advice, information, support and respite information to hundreds of carers every year.
To see some of the photos and statistics that offer a snapshot of our work over the last 30 years please see our dedicated 30th Anniversary Page by clicking on the button below.