Essex County Council commitment to carers

Essex County Council (ECC) recently undertook a survey and focus groups with family carers, the outcome of which was 6 commitments to carers. ECC now have a consultation to check that these commitments are the right ones and give family carers the opportunity to feedback any opinions.

You can find the survey here: Essex Carers All-Age Strategy 2022-2026 Consultation – Essex County Council – Citizen Space the results of which will feed into and shape the  2022-26 Essex Carers All-Age Strategy due to be launched in April 2022.

The Essex Carers Network feel it is really important that the voice of families caring for a loved one with a learning disability and or autism should inform and influence the Carers strategy and would like to invite you to a meeting on zoom on Thursday 10th March from 11am – 12.30pm or later on that day from 6-7.30pm. During the meeting we will look at the 6 commitments and discuss them and also look to see what might be missing so that we can write a report from our families perspectives to share with Essex County Council to inform the Essex carers all age strategy 2022-26.

To book your place email letting us know which session you would like to attend. Lets make sure our voices are there and heard.

These are the 6 commitments that ECC are consulting on:

Carers can easily access the information, advice, guidance and support when they need it and early into their caring role.  We will ensure carers know how to access the right information, advice, guidance, and support at the right time, in the right place for their specific circumstances and needs.

Develop professional practice and processes to improve identification of and support to carers.  We will work with partners, commissioned services and community organisations to ensure people who are caring for others have access to support and/or assessment, and are subsequently supported effectively by those who are there to help them in their caring role.

Improve transitions for carers as they move through specific     phases or life events in their caring role.  We will improve support for carers at specific transition points in their caring journey whether that be for young carers who become adult carers, as significant life events occur, or at the end of someone’s caring role.

Carers will have increased opportunities to access good quality support, including short breaks to maintain their own wellbeing and those they care for. We will work with our partners and communities to create opportunities that enable carers to have short breaks and respite from their caring responsibilities.

Carers’ needs and rights will be understood and recognised across Essex communities.  We will raise the profile of carers and their needs across Essex communities including educational establishments, employers, professionals, and the public.

Carers will be the experts that influence, shape and be involved in the decisions that are intended to improve their support and wellbeing.  We will put carers at the heart of developments, design and decision making on the matters that are intended to support them in their role.

We hope that you will be able to come to our meeting on zoom on Thursday 10th March from 11am – 12.30pm or later on that day from 6-7.30pm. to book your place please email letting us know which session you would like to attend.