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Carers Strategy 2022-27

The Carers Strategy sets out our focus and priorities for all carers in South Gloucestershire for the next 5 years.

It has been developed by engaging with a wide range of carers through formal consultation and gaining feedback from focus groups and events. We have worked with a range of partners, providers, schools and community groups supporting carers, including young carers, young adult carers and parent carers.

What a carer is

The NHS defines a carer as anyone, including children and adults, who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid.

We know that carers often have significant pressures to balance work, school or study, caring responsibilities, childcare and other commitments.

Caring can look different for each person and can include:

  • children and young people supporting parents and siblings
  • adults supporting spouses, and family members with long term conditions
  • parents supporting children with a disability

About the Carers Strategy

The Carers strategy has four key priority areas which will underpin our work for the next five years, these are;

  • recognition
  • information and advice
  • carers breaks and respite
  • personalisation

Read the Carers Strategy 2022-2027.

You can also read a summary of the strategy (not optimised for accessibility).

We believe that no carer should be at a disadvantage because they are providing support to somebody else. However, we understand that many carers face challenges with finances, physical and mental health, in work or education due to their caring role.

We want carers of all ages to be able to say that they:

  • are recognised, listened to and respected as an expert partner in care by professionals, schools, employers and my community
  • know where to access good quality information on what support is available, at a time that suits them, so that they can achieve their goals and live their life the way they choose
  • are able to take a break away from their caring role to support their mental and physical health and achieve their own goals
  • receive the support they need, when they need it, and that suits them

In our consultation work carers told us that it was important to them to have an accessible version of the strategy that highlighted the priority areas and the actions proposed. We have listened to this feedback and are pleased to share our summary strategy alongside our full strategy.

This strategy would not be possible without the feedback, collaboration and dedication from carers, partners and stakeholders. Thank you to everyone that has responded to our consultation, attended an event or given feedback throughout the process.

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