Committed to supporting Solihull caregivers

A new carer strategy launched today (24 November) is expected to benefit the approximately 28,000 carers in Solihull, who provide unpaid support to a family member or friend due to illness, frailty, disability, mental health problem or addiction.

The strategy was developed by partners across Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System, including Solihull Council, NHS Birmingham and Solihull, Solihull Community Housing and Carers Trust Solihull, as well as local voluntary and community organisations. .

Cllr Tony Dicicco, Cabinet Member for Adult Health and Social Care, explains: “We are launching the new strategy to coincide with Carers Rights Day and its aim is to let carers know where they can get help. help and support. The strategy recognizes the challenges that adult carers and young carers told us they face, what is important to them and the support they need from organizations in Solihull. Several caregivers participated in the development of the strategy. And the voices of caregivers will continue to be heard as we deliver the plan.

Cllr Michael Gough, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Carers at Solihull play a huge role in our community. At least one in ten residents supports a family member or friend, providing them with essential support to enable them to live well.

He continues: “In the strategy, we have identified priorities for action which include respite, information, well-being and digital skills. All partners are committed to delivering a set of practical actions, such as the Carers Trust Solihull cost of living information event which took place yesterday.

Lisa Stalley-Green, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Nursing for NHS Birmingham and Solihull, says: “This strategy is important because it is the first we have approved as an integrated care board. It recognizes the need to value and support caregivers and make a real difference in their lives and those they care for. We seek to focus on the unique and complex needs of the children and young people who care for them.

The carers’ strategy is published on the Council’s website.

Anyone with caring responsibilities is encouraged to visit the Carers Trust Solihull website for information and advice or call them on 0121 788 1143. Information for carers is also available on the Council’s website. https://www.solihull.gov.uk/adult-social-care/am-Ia-carer

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