Carer voice

Being a Carer means you experience caring first hand. That’s why we believe a Carer’s voice is vital – and should be heard.

Carer Voice

When you are a carer, you can feel isolated and sometimes frustrated at the day-to-day situations and issues you have to face. It is the experience of coping with such circumstances that makes your opinions so important and valuable.

That’s why we think giving a carer a ‘voice’ is vital – and we play an active part in that. We help your voice to be heard in many ways. Our Carers Forum gives you a chance to speak your mind on the day-to-day reality of caring. It’s a place where you can comment on issues and listen to what others have to say. We have a Carers Alliance, Carers of Adults Gloucestershire, and a Parent Carer Network to give you representation, collective support and advice.

We also make sure that a carer’s perspective is fed into any planning meetings, scrutiny committees and any monitoring of health and social care services. And of course, we use Facebook, Twitter, and other means when we can to get your voice out there, get the issues aired and on the agenda.

Because, when you care for someone every day, you are at the forefront of reality, of what it is like to look after someone, unpaid, often on your own. You have valid opinions on what carers need. That’s why carers need to be listened to, made to feel valued, and feel they can have an influence on policy making.

In Gloucestershire, there are about 63,000 Carers, saving the county around £500 million per year. And over 12,000 of these Carers look after someone for over 50 hours per week. And every one has a vital voice.

Find out more about we can help your voice be heard:

 

Carers Forums

Carers Forum

Through the Carers Voice, Carers Gloucestershire continues to help local carers and relevant local organisations to set up local forums around the county. As people’s availability for meetings is increasingly limited, there are some county-wide gathe...

Gloucestershire Carers Alliance

Gloucestershire Carers Alliance (GCA) is the “Voice” for all Carers in Gloucestershire. It brings together young carers, parent carers and carers of adults. The Alliance aims for effective carer engagement through consultations, co-production and lia...

Carers of Adults, Gloucestershire

Carers of Adults, Gloucestershire

Any person who is over 16 and Carers for an adult with physical or mental health issues, learning disabilities, drug or alcohol abuse, elderly or frail can become a member. Former Carers are also able to join. The Carer must be resident within Glouce...

Parent carer network

Parent Carer Network

Carers Gloucestershire hosts the Parent Carer Participation Network which represents the views of Parent Carers across the county, enabling parents to be resilient and positive through being empowered and involved. There are also many opportunities f...

Junction Young Adult CArers

Junction (Young Adult Carers)

There are 229,318 young adult carers aged 18-24 in the UK, and this is 5.3% of all people in that age group. One quarter of all young adult carers in the UK (56,069 people) are providing care for more than 20 hours per week and almost 27,000 of these...

Caring Matters

Caring Matters

All of our recent editions or Caring Matters are available to read online. Click here to read the latest edition of Caring Matters.  You will find news and updates, events and opportunities for Carers and much more. If you would like to submit an art...