The word ‘Carer’ refers to someone who provides regular, unpaid help and support for a spouse/partner, family member or friend who is frail, has physical or learning disabilities or any illness including mental health, sensory loss, substance misuse or is alcohol dependent (receiving Carer's Allowance does not mean you are classified as a 'paid carer'). This also includes those with a parental responsibility for a child with a disability. Young people under the age of 18 and children may also be carers and are known as Young Carers.
If you are a Carer you do not have to necessarily do everything on your own. By joining Carers' Voice you can share your own experiences with other Carers, learn about what support is available for Carers and raise any issues you have as a Carer. Your views will be fed back to the Carers' Partnership and Healthwatch Northamptonshire, where they can influence the planning and provision of carers support services for the future.
If you look after someone now or have done in the past five years (no matter how often or for how long), we can help to get your voice heard and work towards getting Carers a better deal!
- What are your stories and what challenges has your caring role thrown at you?
- Have you felt supported by the current system?
- Do you feel confident in your role?
- Do you feel support is easy to access?
Carers' Voice believes good practice needs to be praised and its value acknowledged. We also believe that when a Carer feels let down by the system, it may be the system that needs changing. We want you to tell us about your experience of the system for your support and what you think should be improved.
As Carers’ representatives, Carers' Voice members consult with their peers and advise Health and Social Care professionals at senior levels on what works for them, so we really do need you to tell us your experiences of today's service provision and how you believe it could be improved.
If you can come along to the Carers' Voice monthly meetings please do join us. You are assured a warm welcome.
Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm via Zoom due to COVID-19.
How you can get involved:
• Let us know what areas need improvement
• Tell us your story
• Talk to us informally and in confidence
• Come to our monthly meetings (reasonable travel and sitting expenses paid for)
• Join our mailing list to keep yourself informed about what services are out there and how to access them
• Discover what opportunities there are to get involved
• Receive questionnaires we may send you from time to time on aspects of the services you receive as a Carer
Or contact Carers' Voice:
07856 875132 (please leave a message)