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24 October 2017

Trowbridge survey launched to establish needs of unpaid carers

We want to find out more about this so we can support carers better in the future

Mary Cullen, Trowbridge community engagement manager

A survey has been launched to find out more about the needs of unpaid carers aged 50 and over in the Trowbridge community area.

The results of the survey, from Trowbridge Health and Wellbeing Group which includes Carers Support Wiltshire, and other partners' will help identify local projects that could be developed to support unpaid carers.

A carer could be someone of any age, including a child, who provides unpaid support (excluding voluntary work) to a family member or friend who could not always manage without them. This could be caring for a relative (a parent, grandparent, sibling, child, spouse, partner) or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or who has needs relating to mental health or substance misuse.

Unpaid carers make a significant contribution to supporting people to live independently in the community with a university report stating that they save the UK £132 billion a year*. Unpaid carers often help people with activities such as shopping, paying bills, getting out and about andproviding personal care and emotional support.

Mary Cullen, Trowbridge community engagement manager said: "We know from the data presented in the Joint Strategic Assessment for Trowbridge there are a higher number of older people in our community area acting as unpaid carers. We want to find out more about this so we can support carers better in the future."

Deborah Halik, the Trowbridge area board representative on the Health and Wellbeing Group, said: "Providing care for someone is such an important role so we really want to establish a clearer picture of what support local unpaid carers have, what else could be provided and to find any significant gaps."

The survey is available to complete now and runs until 17 November. It is available online. Hard copies are available in Trowbridge GP surgeries, Trowbridge Library, the Hub in the Shires, and the TIC at St Stephens Place. Reply-paid envelopes are provided and the survey takes around 10 minutes to complete.

Help is also available to complete the survey at Trowbridge Library or by contacting mary.cullen@wiltshire.gov.uk

Last updated: 24 October 2017 | Last reviewed: 24 October 2017

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