Carers in Wolverhampton are being invited to have their say and help shape a new strategy which aims to ensure the right support and services are in place for them and the people that they look after.

Carers are adults, children and young people who provide unpaid care for a friend, family member, child or neighbour who, due to illness, disability, a mental health need or an addiction, would not be able to cope without their support. It includes people who receive Carers Allowance. 

The City of Wolverhampton Council is developing an All Age Carers Strategy and wants to hear from carers in the city to find out about their experience of caring, their needs, what is important to them and what would improve their quality of life.

It also wants to hear from professionals and organisations that come into contact with, or provide support to, carers in Wolverhampton. 

There are 3 surveys, 1 for Adult Carers, 1 for young carers aged 18 to 25 and 1 for professionals. The closing date for comments is Friday 14 January, 2022.

Other activities are also planned before the engagement closes on 28 January, 2022.

Councillor Linda Leach, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "Carers play a crucial role in our local community and have a hugely positive impact on the lives of the people that they support. 

"It's vital that they are given as much help as possible to enable them to carry out their caring role, and that is why we are developing a new All Age Carers Strategy for Wolverhampton.

"If you are a carer, or you know someone who is, please take a few moments to have your say and shape our new strategy."

Over 27,000 people in Wolverhampton provide unpaid care for a loved one or friend, and can spend up to 50 hours or more a week in their caring role.

Wolverhampton's Carer Support Team offers a range of support for family carers including practical information, advice and guidance, benefits advice, emotional support, training, a Carers Emergency Card, social activities and more. For more information, please visit Carer support

Spurgeons Young Carers offers a wide range of services to support young carers, from mentoring and educational support to activities and trips away to give them much-needed time out from their caring duties. Find out more at Spurgeons

Ensuring carers are given the support they need to carry out their caring role is part of the Wolverhampton Cares initiative, designed to help the city's vital health and social care sector through another difficult Covid-19 affected winter and beyond. To find out more visit Wolverhampton Cares.