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26th Sep, 2021

Unpaid carers in Worcestershire urged to take part in survey to shape services to help them in the future

PEOPLE who act as unpaid carers in Worcestershire are being urged to take part in a short survey to help shape a strategy for them in the future.

The research about the aspirations or goals of carers has been launched by Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire Association of Carers.

It aims to find out what unpaid carers wish to achieve and what unpaid carers would like to see included in an updated plan to help carers in the county.

A carer is anyone, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid (NHS Definition).

The previous all age unpaid carers strategy – Carers at the Heart of Worcestershire’s Families and Communities was published in 2015 – and is due to be updated and revised.

Coun Adrian Hardman, cabinet member with responsibility for adult social care at Worcestershire County Council, urged carers to add their voice to the survey.

“Unpaid carers play a huge part in our communities and the care they provide to vulnerable people is incredibly important.”

Carole Cumino, chief executive of the Worcestershire Association of Carers, added: “This is a real opportunity to tell us what would make a difference to you in your caring role, both now and in the future.

“We know how valuable your time is, but the more input we have from carers, the better the new strategy will be, so please take a few minutes to complete the survey.”

The survey is available at worcestershire.gov.uk on the adult carers page and runs until 11.45pm on Tuesday, August 3.

The council and WAC will also be talking to, and setting up meetings with, carers’ groups.

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