Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to provide support for carers, run activities and highlight the vital role carers play in our communities, drawing attention to just how important caring is.
Last year we carried out a project that looks at support for adult carers in Sandwell. This project is designed to help to inform the Joint Carers Strategy 2020=2024.
This is a joint strategy between health, social care and the voluntary sector. The partners are Sandwell MBC, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Carers support services in voluntary sector.
The Local Authority has undertaken a significant amount of engagement with Carers in the development of their strategy engaging with around 300 carers. However, it is estimated that the current number of Carers is 35-36,000 with approximately 3000 accessing services and support targeted at carers. Therefore, there are potentially unmet needs amongst the wider carer population and the project was to find out more about these.