This page is about Somerset’s Commitment to Carers.

Launched in 2015 Somerset’s Commitment to Carers was developed to ensure that all carers can be supported so that they and the people they care for can live happier, healthier and more fulfilled lives.

Themes and priority outcomes were revised in 2019 to reflect carer feedback, current trends and directives.

Somerset’s Commitment to Carers Themes and Priority Outcomes

The themes and priority outcomes detailed below apply to former carers, current carers, potential carers, of all ages and from all types of caring roles.

Theme 1 – Helping you to recognise that you have a caring role and that means you are taking on additional responsibilities.

In Somerset we believe it is important that we help you to:

  • Priority 1.1 Recognise that you may need support, now or in the future.
  • Priority 1.2 Consider what might help you to fulfil your caring role and how that may change.

Theme 2 – Helping you to find the information and support you need.

In Somerset we will help you to:

  • Priority 2.1 Know who can support you and how to contact them.
  • Priority 2.2 Have clear and easy ways for you to find information, advice and support.

Theme 3 – Helping you to recognise that you need time out for yourself.

In Somerset we will help you to:

  • Priority 3.1 Find ways that can help you to plan appropriate time out from your caring role.
  • Priority 3.2 Take time out from your caring role.

Theme 4 – Helping you to live a healthy, satisfying and fulfilling life.

In Somerset we will help you to find:

  • Priority 4.1 Support and guidance that can help you to achieve and maintain a good physical and mental health.
  • Priority 4.2 Find opportunities outside your caring role now and in the future.

Theme 5 – Providing opportunities for you to be involved in improving carers’ lives in Somerset if you wish to.

In Somerset we will create:

  • Priority 5.1 Ways that you can share your experiences of caring to improve services in the future.
  • Priority 5.2 Ways that can involve you in the planning, monitoring and development of services and support for carers.

About Carer’s Voice Somerset Partnership Board (CVSPB)

Due to the Coronavirus face to face meetings are currently not taking place

We are currently developing a variety of ways that you can have your say about what it is like to be a carer, comment on aspects of caring that matter to you, make suggestions for improvements etc. In the future we will have an online forum. In the interim, to find out more about how you can Have Your Say please contact our Carers Voice Somerset Partnership Board Officer – email: dpenny@somerset.gov.uk  or phone 07866 785438.

About Carers Voice Somerset Partnership Board

Carers’ Voice Somerset Partnership Board (CVSPB) is a strategic group, and an influencing body and voice for unpaid carers in Somerset. Concerned with improving the lives of unpaid carers in Somerset we advise and make recommendations on the joint development of health, social care and related services.

Purpose

CVSPB was set up in response to national strategies to make sure that carers can access the appropriate support and services they need. This helps them to maintain a good level of health and wellbeing and remain in their caring role for as long as they wish.

Membership

CVSPB is an inclusive, membership organisation. We include carers and former carers of people representing a wide range of caring needs and are open to all those interested in improving the lives of unpaid carers in Somerset.

Key members of Carers’ Voice Somerset are:

  • Carers and former carers
  • Healthwatch
  • Somerset County Council
  • Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Somerset Carers Service
  • Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • A wide range of other organisations who have endorsed Somerset’s Commitment to Carers.

About

Carers Voice Somerset Partnership Board responds to the local and national policies for carers by

making sure that carers are listened to and that their views and suggestions are shared across the whole of the health and social care sector in Somerset
working together with partners to make sure that the needs of carers are considered when designing, monitoring, reviewing, commissioning and de commissioning services.
monitoring the progress of Somerset’s Commitment to Carers and making sure that it remains up to date and relevant

You can find more information or if are interested in becoming a member of Carers Voice Somerset Partnership Board here

Have your say

We are currently developing a variety of ways that you can have your say about what it is like to be a carer, comment on aspects of caring that matter to you, make suggestions for improvements etc. In the future we will have an online forum. In the interim, to find out more about how you can Have Your Say please contact our Carers Voice Somerset Partnership Board Officer – email: dpenny@somerset.gov.uk or phone 07866 785438.