Caring for loved ones is isolating, it increases rates of poverty, anxiety and stress, affecting their health and wellbeing. For many carers Christmas is an even more difficult time, the increased financial demands and emotional pressure can feel overwhelming. NEWCIS would like to offer a funded Christmas event for carers to attend with the person they care for, a ‘coming together’ of our carers from the three counties, creating a more cohesive carer community.  This Christmas event whilst not resolving the difficulties carers face, will offer respite and a sense of belonging. Evidence shows this recognition reduces pressure on an already stretched health and social care service.