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Help for carers

Your Voice

In our world, carers are the experts.

We provide lots of ways for you to get involved in shaping services, including within the Carers' Centre, locally and on a national scale, with the aim of improving lives for all carers and getting the crucial recognition and understanding you deserve.

Our participation groups are recognised by professionals across B&NES, like the council, RUH & CCG. Our members are involved in consultations and provide feedback on services to ensure that the voices of carers are being heard and acted upon where possible.

If you feel that you are able to discuss issues that affect you as a carer, and would like to join our collective voice to represent others in similar situations, we'd love to have you join our group!

Carers' Voice - for carers and former carers aged 18+

Speak Out Young Carers (SOYC!) - for young and young adult carers 5 - 25 years.

Carers' Centre - We're here to support you
Carers' Centre - We're here to support you

Below are some of our current opportunities for you to have your voice heard. If you'd like more information on any of these opportunities, please email leanna.wall@banescarerscentre.org.uk or call 08000388885

BathNES Council
BathNES Council

Early Help and Intervention Strategy B&NES Public Health 

Closing date: 18th December 2020   

In response to a range of national and local policy developments, a new strategy for Early Help and Intervention has been drafted which represents a refresh of the current approach and reflects a desire for an integrated approach to Early Help and Intervention across children and adults services and public health. 
 
This draft strategy outlines the intentions and approach to ensure early help and intervention is understood, accessible and firmly embedded within the planning and working practices of all agencies, to deliver effective early help and intervention across Bath and North East Somerset. 
 
The Early Help and Intervention subgroup of Banes Community Safety and Safeguarding Partnership is seeking your views on the draft strategy.  The deadline is 18th December 2020. 
 
Please note that they are seeking feedback on a shared all age introductory chapter, a chapter about children, families and parenting and an implementation plan for children and families.  A further chapter and implementation plan for adults is under development and will be added in 2021. 
 
Your comments will be used to inform the final version which will be agreed by the BCSSP operational group and will be made available in the final format in spring 2021. Find out more here  

BSW CCG
BSW CCG

Help BANES, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group transform mental health services!

As part of the national requirements to develop services in response to the Community Services Framework for Mental Health, we are keen to ensure we understand the views and experiences of mental health services.

This is an exciting opportunity to transform the way community mental health services are delivered, creating a new model of mental health care in our communities. The information from the survey will be used to inform and direct the improvement of services across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire.

The views of people who have experience of using mental health services and of friends or family members who have supported someone using mental health services are important in helping us to improve mental health care and so it would be helpful if you could promote the survey below as widely as possible:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WPDS27N

RUH Bath
RUH Bath

Dementia Strategy Meetings with RICE, RUH.  

The RUH would like a carer of someone with Dementia to attend their regular meetings to discuss ways to improve care to in-patients. Meetings are currently being held via Zoom every couple of months. 

Meeting dates for 2021 are; Fri 8th Jan, Fri 5th March, Fri 14th May, Fri 9th July, Fri 3rd Sept, Fri 12th Nov.

Carers Week art exhibition
Carers Week art exhibition

Be part of an exhibition at City Hall for Carers Week 2021!  

We have been contacted by a carer, Carina, who would like to meet you to document a short snippet of your life as a carer. The photos and stories collected will form part of an exhibition for Carers Week.  

Now an adult carer, Carina has been caring for her parents from a young age and is working on a project with photographer, Tina Gue. Together, they are working on a project to make carers more visible. 

They would like to spend some time with carers and those they care for, taking photos and writing some of your stories – showing real life! The photographs and short stories will be shown in an exhibition in City Hall for Carers Week, June 2021. All photos are discussed with the family before use and they get a copy of them all to fill their photo frames. 

If you’d like to know more about the project, Carina and Tina are happy to set up a Facebook or Zoom video call.   

The photo above is of Tina hanging up some carer's stories (including Carina’s on the left) at their trial exhibition, which happened earlier this year.  

Social media survey
Social media survey

Young Carers Social Media survey

Prize Draw - Now closed, but you can still share your views!

We'd like to find out how young carers registered with us are using social media, if at all, and how we might be able to provide support through these channels.

You don’t need to use social media to complete the survey, but you do need your parent/carers' permission if you are under 18. For under 18's, the first section of our survey needs to be completed by your parent/carer.

Click the link/below to complete the survey!

Young Carer Social Media Survey

Covid Realities - University of York Research
Covid Realities - University of York Research

The University of York are seeking participants for their  Covid Realities project:  

They would like to hear from parents and carers living on low incomes during the pandemic.  Their aim is to understand the challenges  faced so that they can document the impact of COVID-19, and help policymakers make better decisions. 
 
Their website also has information for researchers looking at poverty and the COVID-19 crisis.  You can discover what they have learned from parents and carers and from their work with other  research teams.  Or you can share ethical and methodological challenges and approaches with your peers. 

Carer wellbeing research
Carer wellbeing research

New research opportunity - Carers' Wellbeing

Would you like to be involved in research on carer wellbeing?

Join this study from of an online intervention involving short tasks twice a week and contact with a professional counsellor.

For more information and to register your interest, contact Kate at the University of East London by emailing u1719634@uel.ac.uk

Carer Wellbeing research information

Caring from a distance research
Caring from a distance research

Caring from a distance - research for carers with loved ones in care homes

The University of Hull is researching carers' experiences of keeping in touch with family and friends in care homes during COVID-19.

They are interested in what works & what does not work well, and what can be learned for the future.

They have an online survey which can be found in the document below

Caring from a distance information

BANES Parent Carers Voice
BANES Parent Carers Voice

BANES Parent Carers Voice (BPCV)

We are all parent carers of children/young people with a wide range of disabilities in Banes. We are a recognised group who meet regularly with the aim of improving services and support for children and young people with additional needs by raising awareness of any unmet needs and by being a collective voice.

We do this by working in partnership with policyholders and practitioners in our local authority, sharing our experiences, knowledge and skills to ensure all children & young people & their parent carers are fully included and have access to any support needed. 

Please come and join us. We need your views and experiences (good & bad) and in return, we can listen, offer support or signpost you to the right professionals who can help.

http://banesparentcarersvoice.co.uk/