Carers across Somerset are to receive dedicated support and advice through a new service being launched by a national charity.
Compass Disability has been chosen by the county council to run the service, called Compass Carers, at a cost of £400,000 a year.
Chief executive Richard Pitman said the service would provide a team of carer support workers.
The charity has estimated there are 50,000 unrecognised carers in Somerset.
By BBC News