This week Southampton City Council and the local NHS have pledge to work in partnership to continue to identify and support carers in Southampton.
This coincides with the national Carers Week, which 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.
A carer is anyone who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty or disability. All the care they give is unpaid and many carers juggle their caring responsibilities with work, study and other family commitments.
Anyone can become a carer; people from all backgrounds, cultures and of any age.
Councillor Lorna Fielker, Cabinet Member for Adult Care at Southampton City Council, signed the pledge on behalf of Southampton City Council and NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group.
Councillor Lorna Fielker said:
“Today we are pledging to work in partnership to help increase the identification of carers of all ages and to signpost them to our local support services. We value carers and the unpaid work they do, and by making this pledge today we are making it clear we will listen to carers so that we can help to improve services available to them in Southampton. I urge other organisations, businesses and residents in our city to make their own pledge to support local carers, to help draw attention to how important caring is.”
Dr Mark Kelsey, local GP and Clinical Chair of NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group, added:
“Many carers do not consider themselves to be a carer. They might feel like they are just getting on with looking after the person they care about, but there is lots of support and useful information available for carers in Southampton, to support them and the invaluable work they do each and every day.”
The full pledge made today is:
“Southampton City Council and NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group pledge to work, individually and in partnership with organisations in the health and social care sector, to increase the identification of carers of all ages and to signpost them to our local support services. They will then have the opportunity to have an assessment of their needs and access to appropriate information, advice and support. We value carers and the unpaid work that they do and will listen to what they say and, where we have the power to do so, act to improve services for them.”
Find out more about the support for carers here in Southampton:
- on the Southampton City Council website, which includes information for young carers and adult carers
- from Carers in Southampton, which is a free service for any adult who gives up their time, unpaid, to look after someone who needs additional support, such as a family member, a friend, or a neighbour
- on the NHS website.
About Carers Week 2019
Carers Week will take place from 10-16 June 2019 across the UK.
Carers Week, established by Carers UK 25 years ago, is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. It is also a time of intensive local activity with hundreds of events planned for carers across the UK.
* Photo shows left to right:
Carole Binns - Associate Director Integrated Commissioning Unit - Southampton City Council/Southampton City CCG
Councillor Lorna Fielker - Cabinet Member for Adult Care
Paul Juan - Service Director for Adults, Housing and Communities - Southampton City Council