Do you look after, or give any help or support to family members, friends, neighbours or others because of either long-term physical or mental ill-health / disability, or problems related to old age?
In Kent we use the term “Carer” to cover the majority of people in this situation.
Kent County Council, together with Kent’s Clinical Commissioning Groups are coming together to produce a Kent-wide Carers Strategy.
We think that a strategy for Carers needs to reflect Carers lives now, and the impact of social, environmental and economic factors on their health and wellbeing. We want to better understand the support they may need to live well while caring for a family member or friend. This cannot be done without talking to Kent’s carers.
We want to identify a wide range of carers, those who are already registered with carers services and also those are not. We want to start an active conversation with people to inform the Kent Carers Strategy and influence future service provision.
We have arranged a number of small events across Kent to speak to Carers in small group conversations.
Any information submitted to us by Carers during this process will be anonymised and used only to inform the Carers strategy and future commissioning; personal details will not be shared for other purposes or with other organisations.
To enable Carers to attend some sessions will also be running activities in a separate room for the ‘cared for’ person; in some locations there may also be some provision of alternative support for those ‘cared for’ unable to leave the home. This will be discussed on an individual basis.
If you would like to be a part of this work either through attending one of the local sessions or through completing a questionnaire, or would like more information please contact Tracey Schneider, Commissioning Officer on 03000 415483 to discuss further.
We are conscious that we do not want anyone to be excluded from this process, and are aware that many Carers work. Please leave your name and contact number if we cannot immediately take your phone call, along with the best time (am, pm, evening) to call you back, and Tracey and her team will do their best to call you at a suitable time.
Sent on behalf of Tracey Schneider, Commissioning Officer, Strategic Commissioning – Commissioning Support, KCC