Closing date for Carers Strategy survey extended: Carers Strategy Survey Extended

24 Dec 2019

Closing date for Carers Strategy survey extended

Do you care for a family member or friend, unpaid? We're inviting carers across the city to take part in our survey.

We want to know how we can best support you in your caring role. Your feedback will help shape the new Carers Strategy.

To enable more people to fill out the survey we are extending the closing date to 19 January 2020.

According to the most recent Census over 40,000 carers live in Bristol with around 9000 of those providing more than 50 hours of care a week. Other research suggests that there could be up to 7,600 further young carers in Bristol.

A carer is anyone who provides unpaid care for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health issue or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

The Carers Strategy helps identify the types of support that carers need most. It can also help to identify where work needs to be done to make organisations and businesses more aware of the role of carers.

Anyone can become a carer at any age – many people don’t think of themselves as carers because they look after someone close to them. Many carers don’t realise support services are available.

Councillor Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “This survey is a good opportunity to have your say and I would urge people to participate - your feedback is hugely important and will help us develop a strategy that works for everyone.”

Caring for a friend or family member can affect a carers’ mental and physical health, their personal relationships and family finances, and the educational attainment of young carers.

Working in partnership with the NHS and similar organisations to update the strategy, Bristol City Council is running a survey to gather the views of people who are carers.

If you would like the survey in another format or language email carerscommissioning@bristol.gov.ukBristol

If you’re a carer please complete the survey by the 19 January 2020 at bristol.citizenspace.com/people/carers-support-services

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