Carers’ survey deadline

Unpaid Bristol carers are being urged to take part in a survey by 19 January to help support them in their role.

The new Carers Strategy is being updated by the city council in partnership with the NHS.

Survey feedback will help identify the support carers need most – and where work needs to be done to make organisations and businesses more aware of the carer’s role.

A carer is anyone who looks after a friend or family member unpaid – who due to illness, disability, a mental health issue or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

According to the most recent Census, over 40,000 carers live in Bristol – with around 9,000 providing more than 50 hours of care a week. Other research suggests that there could be up to 7,600 further young carers in Bristol.

Many people don’t think of themselves as carers because they look after someone close to them – and don’t realise support services are available.

Looking after a friend or family member can affect a carers’ mental and physical health, personal relationships and family finances as well as the educational attainment of young carers.

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Helen Holland, said: “This survey is a good opportunity to have your say and I would urge people to participate – your feedback is hugely important and will help us develop a strategy that works for everyone.”

Carers should complete the survey by 19 January by logging on to bristol.citizenspace.com/people/carers-support-services

If you would like the survey in another format or language email carerscommissioning@bristol.gov.ukBristol