Have your say on carers’ strategy

People are being asked to have their say on a new draft strategy which aims to support carers and ensure their contributions are valued and their voices heard.

Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group have developed a new strategy for carers in consultation with other strategic partners.

The draft strategy has also been worked on with carers and they have helped develop a series of outcomes that they hope the strategy will help them achieve.

The strategy is for all carers. A carer is someone of any age, including a child (young carer), who provides unpaid support to a family member or friend who could not always manage without this help. This could include caring for a relative (a parent, grandparent, sibling, child, spouse, partner) or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or who has mental health or substance misuse problems. It is important to remember that anyone can become a carer.

Members of the public, especially carers, are being encouraged to comment on the draft strategy to influence the future commissioning of support for carers in Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Council corporate director Maggie Rae said:
“Carers carry out such an important role in our communities and we want to ensure they are fully supported.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved in this consultation as we want this strategy to be as effective as it can be and strongly represent the views of carers.”

Wiltshire Council cabinet member for public health Keith Humphries said:
“With changes taking place in the adult care sector, this strategy is timely and will help to ensure carers feel fully supported in their important roles.

“I’m really pleased we have been able to engage with carers in developing a strategy which has their needs at the very heart of it.”

Ted Wilson, Director Community and Joint Specialist Commissioning at Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning comments:
“Carers are an integral part of our health and social care environment. Without the support of loved ones and friends many individuals would struggle to cope with day to day life. These essential, voluntary roles are so important and it is through the Wiltshire Carers strategy that we can ensure that carers in Wiltshire are fully supported. By developing the strategy in collaboration with people who care for relatives or friends, we can put in place the right support for all 47,000 carers in the county.”

The full draft strategy can be viewed here.

People should feedback their comments by 13 July 2016 to Karen Walters, Community Commissioner (Carers) at: County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN or email karen.walters@wiltshire.gov.uk