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Our commitment to carers in South Gloucestershire

Our shared commitment to carers is at the heart of this strategy: that carers will be recognised and valued as being fundamental to strong families and stable communities, and respected as expert partners in care. The four priorities of the strategy are based on those from the National Carers’ Strategy Second National Action Plan 2014 – 2016 and are:

Priority area 1: Supporting those with caring responsibilities to identify themselves as carers at an early stage, recognising the value of their contribution and involving them from the outset in designing local care provision and in planning individual care packages.

Priority area 2: Carers releasing and realising their potential in education and employment. This encompasses support for young carers, young adult carers and carers of working age.

Priority area 3: Personalised support both for carers and those they support, enabling them to have a family and community life alongside caring.  Personalising support for carers around the life, goals and needs of the carer and providing good quality information, advice and support.

Priority area 4: Supporting carers to stay healthy and well, mentally and physically.

In working to deliver these priorities, the council and clinical commissioning group will:

  • work with NHS services, its own staff and voluntary and community sector groups to identify carers as early as possible in their caring journey, wherever that journey begins.
  • ensure carers have access to information on what is available
  • support carers to maintain their own health and wellbeing and to achieve a balance between their caring responsibilities and a life outside caring.
  • continue to ensure carers are partners in the development of services and that we listen to what carers tell us.

This applies to all carers, regardless of their age, and we will ensure solutions are tailored to the different needs of carers at different life stages.

The aims align with the South Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013 – 2016 (currently being revised), whose key principles and priority themes reflect our focus on identifying and supporting carers.