Caring Together’s Carer Council exists to ensure the voice of carers is heard throughout the work of Caring Together, and further afield.
We want to update you on some of what was covered at the most recent meeting and share how you can get involved in the subjects discussed.
If you want to find out more about our carer council, including if you are interested in joining and having your say, you can click here to read more. The council meets quarterly.
Below are some of the topics discussed at the latest council meeting.
Carers speak out
The carers speak out report was published as part of our activity around Carers Rights Day in November 2022. It was written based on the views given by carers. It had been well received including being shared with NHS England.
We plan to produce another report this year and carers are continuing to give their views at the carers speak out page.
A new look to the Carers magazine will be introduced in the June to August edition. Carers at hubs have spoken positively about the magazine.
Other information leaflets produced by Caring Together are also being updated, and staff made aware of what is available.
Caring Together strategy
The latest draft of the new Caring Together strategy was discussed. We know that there are more carers than we have contact with that are struggling and in crisis. We want to reach and support these carers. We want to stand out as a dynamic and responsive charity, with a vision that we can unite around.
The views given by Council on the strategy are being fed back
Website and digital work
The council were given an update on work being done to improve the website, including some of the content, and social media.
The need to have online information available as part of ensuring carers can get the support they need, in the way that works for them was discussed.
Caring Together is contracted to deliver a number of services which fit with our aims, as a charity, in giving support to carers.
We are working to increase our income from donations and fundraising activities as this will mean we can invest in the support that is most needed by carers.
New members welcome
It would be good to have new members of the Carer Council. People are able to contact chair, Steve Acklam, himself a long time carer, to have a chat if they are interested. You can email Steve at [email protected]