There are over 5.5 million people who provide care for loved ones throughout the UK, with approximately 66,000 of those carers living in Cornwall.
The current provision of support for carers in Cornwall is a commissioned Carers Service that provides a range of support for unpaid carers; people who provide some form of unpaid care for their relatives, friends or neighbours. The current contract for the service ends in 2021 and a review is underway.
Keen to understand more about people's experiences, during the Autumn of 2019 the Carers Service for Cornwall gathered views of over 350 people using the service from all geographical areas of the county. They published the findings in a report which you can read here: Carers Service Engagement Report The feedback gathered will be used to inform the future model for the provision of carer support services planned to start in 2021. For more information about the project visit:http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/adultcarers
The report shows many important factors for consideration when caring for carers and 78% of people felt that one of the 'most needed' forms of help and support is being able to take a break from the caring role, with 58% of those needing a break away from the people they care for.
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Carers Week UK - 8th June - 14th June 2020 - the focus is on raising voices together and making caring much more visible.
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.
You can visit Carers week online or follow them on twitter.
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