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North Yorkshire marks national carers' week


12:00am 13th June 2011

North Yorkshire County Council is joining organisations across the country (June 13th to 19th 2011) to mark national carers' week.

Carers are family members or friends who spend a significant amount of their time looking after or supporting someone who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. and are not employed for the purpose of providing this care. 

In North Yorkshire, there are estimated to be around 54,000 such carers.

"This week offers us the opportunity to recognise, highlight and value the contribution of this unpaid army of carers," said County Councillor Clare Wood, Executive Member for Adult Social Care.

"Part of that is about helping carers recognise themselves as carers and ensuring that people have the right information and support available to them when they need it. "

One way in which the county council supports carers is by providing professional assessments, which give carers the opportunity to share their views about their caring role and to say how it affects them and their lives, as well as the needs of the person they care for.

This assessment is often offered by the county council's  front line social care staff, or the customer service centre or  through the carers resource centres across the county. The assessments are predominantly done face to face with a worker, although this is not appropriate for all carers.

"Many carers have paid work or family commitments in addition to their caring role which makes finding time to meet social care staff very difficult," said Councillor Wood.

"However these carers still have the right to a carers assessment.  We have addressed this issue head on by making our carers assessment form available online.

"Any adult carer caring for an adult who is living in North Yorkshire can complete an online. The information is passed to front line staff who assess the individual carer's needs.

"It is vital to us that we recognise the help and support provided by unpaid carers and that we do our best to help those carers sustain that caring role.

"We are aware that it is difficult for some carers to access the support and advice available to them due to the pressures of daily life.  However through the online carers' assessment we hope to reach more carers in North Yorkshire. "

The online forms can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/carersassessment

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