Health and Well-being
Recent census data indicates that 158,000 people living in Norfolk have a physical or mental disability, and 5,000 of these are estimated to be children.
Norfolk’s care agencies report that there are at least 94,000 unpaid carers in Norfolk caring for a spouse or family member with a life limiting illness, impairment or disability, and that there are likely to be many more that are unrecognised. Limited access to support services can lead to extreme isolation for both carers and the cared for, and in many cases local social clubs and support groups are critical to quality of life.
In 2012 the Foundation supported a wide range of support groups working across a range of health and disability issues including sight and hearing impairment, long term illness, mental ill health, and learning and behavioural difficulties that aim to improve quality of life for those affected by illness and disability.