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Gathering the views and experiences of carers in Cheshire East
 

Background

The 'Caring for Carers' 2016-18 joint strategy between Cheshire East Council (CEC), South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SCCCG) and Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (ECCCG) were issued in early 2016. The carers Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is being developed to inform the refresh of this strategy and recommissioning of carer support services.
 

Adult Social Care undertook a ‘Caring for Others’ carers' survey in November 2016 on a random sample basis to gather the experiences of carers of adults who have had a carer assessment and/or received support via adult social care in the previous 12 months within Cheshire East. This survey classified a Carer as someone who, on an informal and unpaid basis, looked after a partner, family member or friend who was aged 18 or over, who was in need of support or services because of, frailty, physical or learning disability, or illness, including mental illness.
 

Following on from this survey, as part of the Carers JSNA work, the Community JSNA team at CVS has been asked to undertake engagement work within the local community to gather views and experiences from carers of all ages who are accessing support from voluntary, community and faith sector organisations. These carers provide care to family members, friends or neighbours. This includes young carers and parents who support adult children.

 

How have you contributed? 

We asked the following questions:

  • Do you provide informal and unpaid care for family members, friends or neighbours?
  • Do they need care because of frailty, physical or learning disability, autism condition, health condition or other illness, including mental illness?

We had two surveys available online and in paper format (these are now closed):

 

Adult Carer survey (aged 18+):

Young Person Carer Survey (aged 0-18):

We also held a number of focus groups and undertook many 1-2-1 conversations with carers of all ages, to try and reach as many carers as possible within the time we had available.
 

We are now in the process of analysing all of the information that we have gathered, and this will feed into the Carers JSNA being produced by Cheshire East Council. Our findings will be published on this webpage in early 2018.

 

Thank you to all who took part.