At Carers Count, we know how important and beneficial it is that the views of all carers are heard when decisions are being made about services they access.
We would like to encourage you to get involved in the opportunities we have available to make your voice heard. You are very welcome to join our meetings and forums held throughout the year, where you will be asked for your feedback on issues of relevance to carers. Your views will then inform decision-makers within local services for carers.
Other organisations in Kirklees often need input from carers on various projects. You can learn more about current opportunities below.
Carers Count, The Kirkwood and Locala are considering running some virtual interactive sessions where we can share updates about what’s happening at the moment within our organisations and give you the opportunity to ask questions about anything that’s concerning you.
To help us find out if you would like us to run these sessions and what content you’d like us to cover, please take part in this short survey:
Census 2021 - Ensuring we #CountCarersIn on 21 March 2021
The census is taking place on Sunday 21 March 2021 and we want to ensure that everyone looking after someone else identifies as an unpaid carer when completing their form. This is hugely important because the census provides a vital opportunity for the number of carers, and their caring situations, to be officially recognised and better understood.
Census 2021 will inform decisions on services that shape our communities, such as healthcare, education and transport, and it also provides a more accurate and up to date figure for the number of carers in the UK. Census findings are used widely by national and local government and many others – including national and local carers organisations. The opportunity to complete the census only comes around once every 10 years in England and Wales and these figures will provide a very important update.
There is a specific question (question 24 in England and Wales) which asks whether you look after, or give help or support to someone else – and the number of hours per week that you care for. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law and information published is always anonymous. Census 2021 will be the first digital-first census. You will receive information from the ONS about filling in the census, but if you need help or have any questions, visit www.census.gov.uk.
Please watch and share this video for more information:
Yorkshire Ambulance Service:
This survey is for people living with dementia and/or their carers to complete. The information gathered will help the Yorkshire Ambulance Service have a better understanding of the thoughts and feelings of the people who use their service. Please complete by 10th May 2021:
At Social Care Future a group of people with lived experience of social care are leading an inquiry into social care and need people to give their views. They are offering a number of ways to get involved ranging from surveys to zooms sessions.
Further information can be found using the link below:
Using health care services can be challenging for people who have a sensory communication need. Locala’s Engagement Team are working on a project to improve how a patient’s sensory communication need is documented on their digital patient record. The aim is that if the patient’s record states a person’s communication need clearly, this will prevent someone, or their carer, having to explain multiple times to different Locala colleagues what is needed for good communication. We are particularly interested in hearing from those living with, or caring for people living with:
Communication needs following head injury or stroke