Halton Carers Strategy Meeting - 3rd September

Hitesh Patel from Citizens Advice Halton has sent in the following update from the Halton Careers Strategy meeting.  This meeting focused on two main issues: 1) Young Carers in Halton and 2) Developing the next Carers Strategy

  • Regarding young carers:
    • Verbal presentations were received from Halton BC and Young Addaction.
    • Each year around 200 young people get registered as "carers" but this is the tip of the ice-berg.
    • Compared to other wards in Halton, Halton Lodge and Halton Brook have higher concentrations of registered Young Carers.
    • It was agreed that more work needs to be done to ensure frontline staff can better encourage the identification and registration of Young Carers so that carers can better access support.
    • The next national Young Carers Awareness Day will be on 31st January 2019 and it is hoped we can do something to promote local services.
    • There was discussion about how we can influence local procurement processes so that all commissioned services are "Carer friendly" and that Carers are given the same priority as other vulnerable groups e.g. victims of domestic violence, homeless people, etc.  It was also agreed to feedback to the One Halton programme that the needs of Carers .
    • The Carers Centre are looking at developing information leaflets in the format of a comic, so that they can better engage with young carers.
  • Regarding the next Carers Strategy:
    • It was agreed that next Carer Strategy document would be kept succinct and easy to read
    • The action plan was amended to now include a section on: a) Training for front line staff, and b) a marketing/communication plan (because we recognised that we need to raise awareness of what support there is for Carers in Halton.
    • ADASS have produced a useful tip sheet on things businesses can do to better support any Carers they employ (https://www.adass.org.uk/media/5920/workingcarerstoptips-final-3152017.pdf)

At the next meeting (1st October, 2pm, at Runcorn Town Hall) we will be looking at Adult Carers in Halton.

 

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