Covid-19 The Hidden Impact On Carers

One of our priorities identified for 2021/22 is how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted carers.

We are seeking the views and experiences of people providing care and support to a family member or a friend, in their own home or elsewhere.

We are conducting a survey, focus groups and interviews so that we can better understand the experiences of carers during the pandemic and the impact it has had on caring responsibilities and carers lives and wellbeing.  We also want to understand what information and support has been available to people locally and gain a picture on what health, care and support services carers may need.

The feedback and experiences we collect will form a report which will be used to help services learn from peoples lived experiences as well as influence service for the future.

To take part in the survey use the link below:

https://engagingcommunities.researchfeedback.net/s.asp?k=162608622954

We are planning on holding a number of focus groups and interviews over the summer, these will be offered as options of “online”, telephone, e-mail or face-to-face (if appropriate).

If you would like to ensure your voice and views are heard please take part in a focus group or an individual interview.

Contact Sophie Shuttlewood by call or text at 07732 683 483 or email Sophie.shuttlewood@healthwatchsandwell.co.uk

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We must do all we can to combat health inequalities

Following the events in the US and news here about the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on people from Black, Asian, and Ethnic Minority communities, our National Director, Imelda Redmond said:

“We stand in solidarity with people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities we serve. Recent events must make us all stop, question ourselves and ask what we can all do better.

“What can we do to stand up against racism? How can we help society understand the reasons why people from Black and Asian communities have been so disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? What more can we do to ensure equality and celebrate diversity?

“Local Healthwatch services have done much to champion the voices of those who are often overlooked or go unheard, but we must do more to help change the ways things are done.

“In our work to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to all listen to the stories of those affected, make sure that everyone’s voices matter and that lessons are learned.

“If you have had an experience of health and care support, whether good or bad, that services could learn from, I appeal to you come forward, talk to your local Healthwatch and have your say”.

Together we can play our part in tackling health inequality and creating a fairer society for all.

How can I share my experience?

We are calling out for people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to share their healthcare experiences during COVID-19, to help services learn and improve.

This is the link to the HWE survey that allows people to select their local HW Area.

How can I tell you about my experience?

Take a few moments to complete our online form or contact your local Healthwatch.Tell your story


Healthwatch Sandwell support for Volunteering

Staff at Healthwatch Sandwell are being actively encouraged to support our local community by offering their time to volunteer during the Covid-19 crisis.

We recognise that we cannot do all the functions we usually deliver so we are now looking at how we can support our local communities in a coordinated

approach through volunteering. All staff will be able to volunteer their time, during usual working hours, to support the response to the Coronavirus through these

four main channels; either supporting the local authority volunteering efforts, local Community and Voluntary Sector Councils who are co-ordinating service responses in many areas, the NHS volunteer service, or Covid-mutual aid.


Healthwatch Sandwell Update

Healthwatch Sandwell staff are currently following guidance and operating from home locations. The Healthwatch Sandwell service will continue to be provided however our contact details have changed.

Contact our staff members as follows:

To contact us, use the messaging facility on our website HERE

email us at info@healthwatchsandwell.co.uk


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