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Support for adult carers

Information for organisations who are providing, or are planning to provide services to support adult carers in Leicester.

Where are we now?

At the 2011 Census there were a reported 31,000 carers in Leicester. However, this is likely to be an under representation of the real number as many do not think of themselves as ‘carers’. We know that the number of people providing care to a family member or friend will continue to increase. In the coronavirus pandemic, carers have often taken on even more caring activities, which can often be very difficult and challenging for them, and in may lead them to needing increased support from statutory and other agencies.

The Joint Carers Strategy 2018-2021 Recognising, valuing and supporting-carers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (PDF) has eight guiding principles, each of which is supported by key priorities and actions:

  • carer identification
  • carers are valued and involved
  • carers are informed
  • carer friendly communities
  • carers have a life alongside caring
  • carers and the impact of technology products and the living space
  • carers can access the right support at the right time
  • supporting young carers

Where are we going?

Our focus during 2021 and beyond will be to continue to work closely with our partners to deliver the actions that are outlined in the strategy. A key element of this is to ensure that all providers of services to people with care and support needs, identify family members or friends who may be helping the person to live independently and making them aware of the support available for them.

What this means for providers

The current carers support service for Leicester was commissioned in 2019. The contract will end during 2024.

Carers also depend on other local groups and charities than can offer them support and advice. We would like to see this support for carers continue and develop in the city, whether we have commissioned it or it is funded in other ways.

Support for carers should be designed to meet the needs of Leicester’s diverse communities. We would also like to see support that is ‘strengths-based’. This means support that works with carers to maximise the strengths and resources that they do have access to, as well as helping to connect them with other sources of support in the community, city and nationally. We would also like to see service providers encourage carers to sign up to their GP’s carer’s register, as this will enable them to access other forms of support and to be signposted to the local commissioned carers’ support service.

Other useful information for providers

We encourage all service providers register their service on the Leicester MyChoice website which will help them promote it to both the public and to other professionals.

Nic Cawrey, Joint Integrated Commissioning Board Lead Officer