Such dedication 'deserves to be rewarded'
Published on: 01 Jul 2016
MORE than 27,000 people in South Gloucestershire are unpaid carers - and authorities are trying to work out how to do more to help them.
A quarter of the 6.5 million people across the country who look after an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend do so for more than 50 hours a week.
Their dedication was highlighted last month during the national Carers Week.
Twenty-year-old Carina Andrews, from Fishponds, was among those who led the awareness raising organised by the Carers Support Centre at the Vassall Centre, highlighting the fact that unpaid carers can be of any age.
South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group is working with the council to develop athree-year strategy to increase the level of support for carers and involve them more closely in care arrangements.
The CCG’s clinical lead for long-term conditions, Dr Jon Evans, said: “We have huge admiration for the selflessness among our tens of thousands of carers in South Gloucestershire. We know that many carers sacrifice career, social lives and more – and we’re particularly aware of the impact that being a carer can have on young people.”
Campaigners want employers, organisations and people across South Gloucestershire to increase their understanding of how being an unpaid carer impacts on someone’s life, how invaluable that care is to the person receiving it, and what they might be able to do to improve life for local carers.
Carers help with personal things like getting someone dressed, turning them in their sleep, helping them move about or administering their medication.
Dr Evans added: “With our partners at the council, we are committed to improving all that we offer to South Gloucestershire carers, such as the Support Centre and respite breaks. Most people will become a carer at some point in their life, so I would encourage everyone to see what work is done for carers in South Gloucestershire and what help is available if they do start caring for someone or are doing already and haven’t made use of local services.”
The CCG and the council are inviting comments on their joint strategy. Consultation is open until August 22. Everyone is welcome to take part https://consultations.southglos.gov.uk/consult.ti/carers/consultationHome.