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Unpaid carers on the Isle of Wight are being asked their views on the support available for themselves and those they care for.

Supporting unpaid carers within the community is a vital part of improving and sustaining people’s lives within our community. Currently, on the Isle of Wight, the council commissions Carers Isle of Wight to provide the support needed to improve the lives of people who are undertaking the role of an unpaid carer.

An unpaid paid carer is someone of any age who supports, unwaged, a relative, partner or friend who due to physical or mental illness, disability, frailty or addiction could not manage without that support.

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Cabinet member for adult social care, Councillor Clare Mosdell, said:

“We recognise the value that carers provide in supporting vulnerable people to live independently, fulfilling lives. It is important to the council that carers are respected and given the opportunity to have their support needs looked at and met where possible.

“The survey has been designed to help carers let us know their needs and how they are currently supported so they can be supported better in the long term, so I would urge carers to give their views.”

Currently, the provision is funded by the Isle of Wight Council through the Improved Better Care Fund grant. This funding ends in Spring 2020 and to sustain the community support offer the Isle of Wight Council is re-commissioning the service to ensure that carers needs are met.

The survey can be viewed at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CarersSupportSurvey2019. The survey closes at midday on Friday 20th September 2019.

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Hard copies are available from council libraries; County Hall reception, Newport; The Independent Living Centre, Bernard Way, Newport; The Carers lounge at St Marys Hospital; The Riverside Centre, Newport and Carers IW office, which is also based at The Riverside.

Paper copies must be returned to the following address by 17:00 on Monday 23rd September 2019:

Support for Carers Survey
People Matter IW
1 – 2 Bernard Way
Isle of Wight
PO30 5YL

All responses received are confidential and the feedback gathered will be used to help design a community offer that best meets the needs of the carers and those who they care for after May 2020.

Further general information for carers can be found at https://www.iow.gov.uk/Residents/Care-Support-and-Housing/Adults-Services/Carers-Adult/Who-is-a-Carer.

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