A new campaign has been launched to help spread the word about the support available to the thousands of unpaid carers in the borough.

Members of Harrow Carers, Harrow Borough Council, the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade have pledged to work with community groups to identify people who provide unpaid care and support to vulnerable people.

As part of the pledge, police officers and firefighters will tell the council and Harrow Carers when they come into contact with a vulnerable person tp ensure carers receive the support they are entitled to.

Allie Brice, from Harrow Council said: “This campaign is about getting people working together in partnership to help identify the borough’s carers.

“Many people who may be looking after a loved one or a neighbour may not realise they are a carer and that there is support out there for them."

Harrow Carers support officer Neena Garnavos said: “What we want to do is get the message out there to people that were here and if they ever need support they can get it.

“We do not want to push into people’s lives; we just want to let people know what support is out there.”

Harrow Carers is an independent voluntary organisation supporting unpaid carers which estimates there are more than 24,000 people in the borough providing unpaid care for loved ones or neighbours.