21 February 2017

    Dear Carers

    Thank you to everyone who has put time and energy into replying to our recent letter, giving us your experience of what best helps you in your caring role. Over 100 people have replied to date and your ideas are still very welcome – you haven’t missed the boat, so send them in, contact details are below!

    We are using all of the material you send us to inform councillors and council staff particularly the author of the forthcoming Carers strategy.
    We will continue to use it:

    • To help us challenge the council’s announcement about cuts to Carers services;
    • To ask how the council came to make their decision without consultation with Carers, other interested parties and so late in the day.
      We have little time to respond but we are working hard to find ways to minimise the impact of any cuts we may be forced to make, but time is not with us.

    We will keep you informed

    Best wishes, Sheila Marsh, Chair of Trustees and Jacqui Bremner, Director

    Some of you who are very eagle-eyed may have seen a notice that the Council put on their website on Thursday 18 January (with no prior warning to anyone affected) that they are making major cuts to services for Carers for the 2017/2018 year that begins on 1 April 2017.have-your-say

    The effect of this for Herefordshire Carers Support is that the Council intends to cut our funding by half from £275,000 to £137,000 for the coming year. And worse, they say future years will see even more reductions, with the Council expecting Carers to replace this support with self-help, self-management and volunteering.

    To help us urgently to make the best case for proper funding for Carer support, please contact us via email or phone 01432 356068 to tell us specifically how Herefordshire Carers Support helps you so we can pass this on to decision makers.

    More information is available in the attached document and within the Risk Assessment paper.

    Find out about the Care Act 2014 and what it means for you.

    Published 31 January 2017.

    Who are Carers?
    A Carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a family member, partner, child, friend or neighbour who may be ill, frail, elderly, have a disability or long-term health issue or have mental health issues.

    Carers do not necessarily live in the same home as the person they care for and may themselves be unwell, have a disability or long-term illness.

    If you look after someone who couldn’t manage without your help please get in touch. Our friendly team can offer emotional support, one-to-one advice and help with accessing the information and services that are relevant to you. We also offer complementary therapies, support groups, training opportunities and much more.  We aim to open up possibilities so that you can continue your caring responsibilities but also to take stock.  Each Carer is individual and different, what helps one person may not help another but we will help you to explore ideas and think about what might help you.

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