Healthwatch Wiltshire is independently facilitating an engagement project looking at support for unpaid carers. The focus is to find out ‘what would support carers during a crisis in order to prevent carer breakdown’, and understand whether the services on offer are meeting the needs of carers, and specifically what services would make the most positive impact to carers who require immediate support.
Healthwatch Wiltshire will work with specialist voluntary sector organisations to engage with their members and service users and will also be running focus groups in May to listen to people and get their feedback.
Focus groups will be held on the following dates:
6th May, 10 – 12pm – Semington
6th May, 2pm – 4pm – Chippenham
8th May, 10am – 12pm – Salisbury
15th May, 10am – 12pm – Melksham (for parent carers)
15th May, 2pm – 4pm – Melksham (for carers of people with mental ill health or substance misuse)
Healthwatch Wiltshire will collect together all the feedback it receives and produce a report that will help inform Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group of what services are put in place to best support carers.
If you are a carer and would be prepared to share your experience or would like to get involved in one of the focus groups please contact us on 01225 434218 for more details or email us: