Hearing Carers’ Voices

Do you help someone in their day-to-day life? Perhaps with their shopping, getting out and about, keeping on top of their bills or medication? Or perhaps you keep them company if they can’t get out much, or help them with personal care or housework?

It could be a member of your family that you help, or a friend or neighbour. You may help them occasionally, or it may be that most of your time is spent looking after them because they are unable to take care of themselves. You may receive some kind of payment for helping them, or like many in our community, you do what you do simply because you care. Or perhaps you are a former carer, with experience of caring for someone at any point over the last five years?

We have launched an exciting new opportunity called ‘Carers Voices’ and would really like to hear from you about your experiences. We want to know what you feel works well, or not so well, for you and the person you are helping/have helped. We are working in partnership with Essex County Council and other agencies to make sure that your voice is heard and used to ensure that services and support are developed to meet the needs of the many people in Essex, like you, who care about others. There will be a range of ways to share your thoughts, from joining group discussions to responding to surveys and polls.

Surveys

Currently, we are seeking your views about how isolation and loneliness can affect those with caring responsibilities. You can complete the survey here. We are also keen to hear from young carers about the impact of caring on their lives. You can complete this survey here.  Your answers are anonymous and will help to influence positive changes in the services provided for carers and their loved ones. If you require a survey in a different format please contact the Healthwatch Essex Carers Voices team on using the information below. 

Getting in touch

We really do value your input as an Expert by Experience in helping to make the changes and have the impact that is needed. If you would like to have a broader discussion about this topic, we would be delighted to have a chat at a time that works for you. Please get in touch by telephoning 0300 500 1895 or email us at [email protected]