People who are registered as carers with the Council or Carers Trust Solihull may be asked to take part in a national survey to learn more about their caring role.
The 2021-22 survey of adult carers in England is being carried out locally by Solihull Council and Carers Trust Solihull on behalf of the government. The survey asks whether services received by carers are helping them in their caring role and their life outside of caring. It also asks for views about the services provided to the person they care for.
There are more than 27,000 carers across the borough, providing unpaid support to a family member or friend because of illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or addiction.
A random sample of carers in Solihull has been sent the survey by post. Responses need to be returned by Tuesday 30 November.
Cllr Tony Dicicco, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “Carers do such an important job in our community and the services we provide must support them in their caring role. If you are selected to take part in the national survey, please share your views. The more people who take part, the more useful the results will be to help us shape future services for carers.
He continued: “I also want to reach out to people who are helping a relative or friend but may not recognise themselves as being a carer. If you are in this situation, help is available from Carers Trust Solihull. Commissioned by the Council, they offer support and advice as well as helping carers to keep connected. We know that the pandemic has created additional challenges and pressures for carers, with many feeling isolated, so please do get in touch with Carers Trust Solihull.”
For more information about support for carers visit www.solihullcarers.org.