Supporting carers is a priority for the Health and Wellbeing Board and our partners.
The 2011 census shows us that there are around 34,000 carers in Shropshire, and we know that carers have a vital role in supporting people in our communities.
Caring takes many forms, and in Shropshire we define a carer as:
“Someone of any age who provides unpaid care for another person (of any age) who may be ill, frail, disabled, have poor mental health or addiction problems, meaning they are unable to manage without this care.”
However, many people do not recognise themselves as carers, and see this simply as part of being a family member, spouse, partner, friend or neighbour. We want to send out a message out to the Shropshire community as a whole, that helping to look after someone who could not manage otherwise, is caring.
Shropshire All Age Carers Strategy 2017-2021
Five priorities have been identified through consultation and surveys with carers, local and national best practice and a local multi-agency working group. These priorities focus around the overarching aim, which is:
“Carers are supported to remain emotionally, mentally and physically well and feeling safe”
Further information, help or support around caring
Telephone: 01743 341995 during office hours.
Carers Trust 4all emergency calls: 0333 323 1990 number option 1 and then option 6
Shropshire Choices provides information for adult carers, who are caring for other adults.
You can also telephone First Point of Contact (FPOC) on 0345 678 9044 during office hours. Or Out of Hours: Social Care Emergency Duty Team on: 0345 678 9040
Shropshire IASS (Information, Advice and Support) provide information, advice and support to children and young people aged 0 to 25, as well as their parents and carers, who have, or may have, special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).
SEND Local Offer provides information for parent carers looking after a child with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.
Nationally Carers UK provide information on all aspects of caring.
The Carers communications toolkit 2017 onward onward can be viewed by clicking on the link.
During 2016/17, a group of carers and health and social care professionals formed a Network across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin in order to collect and analyse carers’ experiences through their own stories.
Four carer categories were reviewed during the project, which were; dementia, young carers, parent carers and forensic carers. A report was written and conference followed.
The detailed report can be found on the NHS England’s regional web site: https://www.england.nhs.uk/mids-east/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2017/06/report-to-carers-voice-network.pdf
Outcomes of the report and conference have been mapped against each Local Authorities strategies and action plans. This has been reviewed and agreed by both Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Family Carers Partnership Boards.
Our key areas of work since the conference have been:
- A Mental Health Carers Working Group: linked to Carer Partnership Boards
- Young Carers workshops, which produced a short film and promotional material
- Co border working to improve the lives of carers
- Working with local hospitals to raise carer awareness and provide information, advice and support
- Planned Autumn workshops for carers, with the key theme of ‘Helping to take the pressure from caring’
- Implementation of a Joint Communications Plan
- Publicity material targeting hidden carers.
Work is ongoing, and further updates will be provided on this webpage.
Carers Voice Update…
New workshops for carers aim to take the pressure out of caring
During September and October, Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council will be hosting free workshops throughout the county designed by carers themselves, with the aim of helping carers who are feeling overwhelmed and having to juggle caring and other commitments. Caring for some can feel overwhelming at times.
The councils have worked alongside carers to develop workshops that aim to take the pressure out of caring. The workshops will be conducted by carers, who understandably know the pressures that their fellow carers are under better than anyone.
Some of the areas the workshops cover will be:
- When carers should be seeking support before things become too much
- Who carers can talk to for help
- The triggers that cause stress and how to manage them
- How to balance caring with the pressures of ordinary life
- Stress-relieving techniques
- Providing a space to talk freely in a safe setting.
So if you are looking after someone who could not manage without your help we would like to invite you to attend one of these sessions.
All will start with a light buffet lunch at 12.30pm, with the programme commencing at 1pm until 3.30pm.
You are able to book on any venue – whichever suits you best. Booking is essential so that we know how many to cater for and dietary requirements.
- Bridgnorth – 19 September 2018
- Shrewsbury – 2 October 2018
- Oswestry – 4 October 2018
- Newport – 9 October 2018
- Ludlow – 10 October 2018
- Telford town centre – 17 October 2018
- South Telford – 22 October 2018
- Market Drayton – 25 October 2018
- Telford town centre – 27 October (Saturday)
For Shropshire contact: Margarete Davies on 01743 255776 – please leave voicemail if call not answered; firstname.lastname@example.org
For Telford contact: Kara Nock on 01952 381262 email@example.com