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North Yorkshire Carers lives made easier

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12:01am 3rd May 2012

The lives of 9 thousand carers in North Yorkshire will be made better.

We're being asked how services can be updated to make sure they're as helpful as possible.

North Yorkshire County Council Release:

Consultation opens on support for carers

A public consultation has been launched which will help to shape future services for carers in North Yorkshire

The consultation has been introduced by North Yorkshire County Council and NHS North Yorkshire and York in order to review the current support for carers in the county.

Carers themselves, as well as family and community members, are being asked to comment on the kind of support they believe carers deserve and which will work in their best interests.

There are almost six million carers in the UK - that is one in 10 people who spend a significant part of their lives providing unpaid support to a partner, family or friend suffering from illness, disability, mental ill-health or substance misuse problems. Over the next 30 years, the number of carers will increase by 3.4 million (around 60%) as the population ages and children with very complex disabilities live longer. The knowledge, expertise and experience of carers is vital and support of their well-being is therefore crucial to society at large. The coalition government's most recent carers' strategy believes carers should have more say in the shaping and development of local services which will help to ease the responsibility of caring.  There are some key issues - employment, support and respite - which carers are likely to face in their caring role, hence the need to tailor support to individual and family preferences.  

The North Yorkshire consultation, which runs until July 8th, will therefore help to develop a carers' support strategy for the county to meet local needs.

County Councillor Clare Wood, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Adult Services said:

"Many of us will be carers at some stage in our lives, a role that can be both rewarding and frustrating but which is vital to our families and indeed to wider society.  We hope very much this consultation will help us to shape the kinds of services that carers truly deserve."

Sue Metcalfe, deputy chief executive of NHS North Yorkshire and York, said:

"We want to ask a range of people, particularly carers themselves, what type of support they want and what they think works best for them. We will then use this information, working with our clinical commissioning groups, to develop a Carers Strategy for North Yorkshire."

The consultation has been launched with a questionnaire.

It can be filled in by individuals, or on behalf of an organisation or group (such as a carers support group).

Some of the questions are most relevant to carers themselves; however we would like to receive contributions from any interested parties.

This questionnaire focuses on the needs of adult carers and we are working with voluntary sector carers services and groups of young people to gain the views of young carers on what they think about the services provided for them.

People can complete the questionnaire either by clicking here and completing the online survey.

Alternatively people can contact Sarah Wileman on 01609 534940 or sarah.wileman@northyorks.gov.uk if you would like to receive a paper copy of the document.

Alternatively, people can attend a carers focus group to provide feedback and take part in the consultation. These groups are being held at:

"    The MENCAP Centre in Northallerton on Friday 11 May, 10am - 1pm;
"    Scarborough library on Tuesday 15 May, 10am - 1pm;
"    Church House in Whitby on Thursday 10 May, 1pm - 4pm;
"    Selby Carers Centre on Wednesday 16 May, 1pm - 4pm;
"    Soproptomists Rooms Skipton on Friday the 18th May 12:30pm - 3pm;
"    Community House Ripon on Thursday the 17th May 10am - 1pm.

Please contact Sarah Wileman to book your place.

Further information about the carers consultation

For further information about the carers consultation or the questionnaire; to book your place at a carers focus group; or to request the questionnaire in another language or format such as audio, please contact Sarah Wileman on 01609 534940 or e-mail sarah.wileman@northyorks.gov.uk.

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