Contract awarded to support carers of all ages in Wiltshire

Contract awarded to support carers of all ages in Wiltshire

Carer Support Wiltshire has been awarded a new contract to support carers of all ages in Wiltshire.

The contract has been awarded by Wiltshire Council, with funding support from the NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and builds on the existing work Carer Support Wiltshire has been doing with them for a number of years to support adult carers.

From 1 April 2018,assessment of carers aged under 18 will be led and coordinated by Wiltshire Council children's services, with breaks and activities available through Carer Support Wiltshire where appropriate. Young people currently supported by Spurgeons Young Carers Wiltshire will be contacted in the new year with details of the new arrangements for support.

Wiltshire Council Conservative cabinet member for adult care, Jerry Wickham, said: 

We're pleased to confirm this contract and we look forward to continuing our working relationship with Carer Support Wiltshire to build on what we've already achieved together. Carers play an invaluable role within our communities and this new contract will help strengthen the support we provide them and help raise awareness so people know what they are entitled to.

Wiltshire Council Conservative cabinet member for children, Laura Mayes, said: 

Caring for someone is a really tough role, but even more so for a young person. We want young people who provide care to continue to be given the same opportunities as everyone else to achieve what they want to do and this contract will help to provide that support.

Chief executive of Care Support Wiltshire, Catherine Hurford, said: 

This is the best Christmas gift we could have wished for. The whole team are looking forward to the challenge and opportunities ahead; of providing services and support for all carers, including young carers, parent carers, and an aging population living longer and looking after loved ones.
Our focus will be out in the community, working with partner organisations to improve information and accessibility via a front door to services. We will continue to work hard to identify those new to caring, to build carer awareness amongst marginalised groups and support all carers with the information and tools they need to continue in their caring role.

Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: 

The care and support provided by carers enables many people to remain in their own homes and helps prevent admissions to hospital and care homes. Carers are expert partners in care, but they are more likely to neglect their own health and well being, which can be detrimental to them and to the person they are caring for. Carer Support Wiltshire provides practical and emotional help for carers, and we're delighted to continue working with them.

by Hollis Butler,