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Call to carers for national survey

Published
10.10.2016

Gloucestershire County Council is inviting carers to take part in a national survey to find out more about their vital role.

National carers surveys were started in 2012, and take place every two years. The survey is nationwide and organised by the Department of Health and Health and Social Care Information Centre.

There are more than 62,000 carers in Gloucestershire, providing unpaid support to family members or friends who need help due to a variety of reasons, including age, substance misuse, physical or mental illness and disability.

This year's survey of adult carers in England (SACE) will inform local and national work to find out what support carers need.

The council funds and promotes a range of services to support carers in Gloucestershire.

The purpose of the survey is to find out whether these services are helping carers in their caring roles and in their lives outside of caring.

All councils are gathering their own local responses which then feed back into the national survey.

A random sample of 1,500 carers in Gloucestershire will be sent the survey from mid-October.

Cllr Dorcas Binns, cabinet member for older people at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "Carers across the county do such a fantastic job selflessly providing support for friends and family.

"We want to make sure that they don't feel alone and that the county council is providing the best possible support it can.

"I would encourage the carers who are selected to take part to make sure they have their say."

The survey will be sent out in mid October and responses need to be received by Friday 18th November.

Not all carers will receive a survey, but you can contact the adult helpdesk with any queries on socialcare.enq@gloucestershire.gov.uk or 01452 427554.

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