A SHORT film capturing the everyday lives of some of the 47,000 unpaid carers in Wiltshire was launched yesterday. Carers Voices is the latest in a series of DVDs organised by Wiltshire Council to highlight the stories of people who may not always have a voice.

The series records the thoughts of different groups of people who may not always go to meetings to make their views known, so their experiences can be considered in key decision-making.

A number of unpaid carers speak in the film, explaining how caring for a family member or friend has affected them. The film shows some of the challenges they face including taking time out for themselves and the physical and emotional challenges of caring. It also looks at their hopes and dreams for the future.

Keith Humphries, cabinet member for public health, said: “This DVD delivers a powerful message which everyone should hear Many unpaid carers continue to be unseen who have often been silently struggling to cope with their responsibilities. I hope this film reassures carers that they are not alone and help and support is available.”

The film is the 13th in a series called the Wiltshire Voices project. The first 12 films received central government funding and captured the stories, views and opinions of different groups such as Army wives, Polish people and stroke survivors. The film and the other 12 can be seen online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/wiltshirevoices.