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Carers’ views needed to shape new strategy

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Providing care and support for elderly

The Island’s unpaid carers are being asked to help shape a new Isle of Wight Carers Strategy.

The Isle of Wight Council, IW NHS Trust and IW Clinical Commissioning Group are developing a strategy for carers on the Isle of Wight, in collaboration with Carers IW, Age UK Isle of Wight, People Matter IW and Healthwatch Isle of Wight.

Focus group sessions have been organised to give professionals and carers an opportunity to share their views, address concerns and improve services for the future, they can be attended in person or on-line.

The meetings are being held next Monday, (March 21), 11am -1pm and Friday (March 25), 10am-12pm at the Carers Centre, which can be found at the back of The Riverside Centre, in Newport.

Councillor Karl Love, cabinet lead for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “Our Island’s unpaid and volunteer carers are a hidden community and often work unseen providing vital care to loved ones. They work in isolation and we want to do more to support them and listen to their voices. Unpaid carers can have poorer health compared to those without caring responsibilities. It is important that carers can access information and advice on balancing their caring role with their home life, finance, employment or education.

“I look forward to hearing about your lives and stories and we want to try hard to make a real difference to your life.”

To book your place or attend online, please contact Carers IW on 533173 or email info@carersiw.org.uk.