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 liaising with decision makers. Opportunities for engagement with services as service users or carers has increased, and we are hoping to assist carers’ scope for involvement in planning changes. You may not think of yourself as a “carer”. You may think of yourself simply as the parent, spouse, child or other relation or friend of the person you care for. However a carer is anyone who cares unpaid for a loved one, helping them to do the things they are unable to do themselves. It doesn’t matter if the person you care for isn’t eligible for services or doesn’t physically live with you – if you provide substantial unpaid care for someone you are a carer.

The carers’ ‘Voice’ work aims to make carers’ involvement as easy as possible in order to improve their situation. There are almost 63,000 carers in Gloucestershire and around 5.8 million in England and Wales according to the 2011 Census. 1 in 10 adults in the UK is a carer and it is estimated that 1 in 12 young people are carers. Carers UK estimate the value of care that carers provide is £119 billion per year nationally. In Gloucestershire that is approximately £998 million each year

However, Carers UK’s ‘State of Caring Survey’ “shows that carers in England are still struggling to get the support they need to care well, maintain their own health, balance work and care, and have a life of their own outside of caring.” Carers are twice as likely as non-carers to have significant health problems and the Carers UK survey “In Poor Health” found that the more hours a carer provides, the more likely they will be in poor health.

Carers Rights Day 2017

Gloucestershire’s 2017 Carers Rights Day event will take place on Friday November 17th at Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Road from 10am.  Get In touch to reserve your place – workshop bookings to follow when details are confirmed.

Carers Rights Day 2016

On Friday November 25th 2016 we came together for the Carers Rights Day event  at Churchdown Community Centre. It was really good to hear peoples feedback and you can read a full write up of the report here.

Carers Rights Day Report 2016

We would love to hear from you if you wish to participate and be more involved. We recognise that carers have roles and responsibilities that may mean they cannot attend meetings  but we hope you can share your opinions via telephone or email.

For more information you can speak to the Voice Team at Carers Gloucestershire, contact Mairi Mills, Carers Voice Co-ordinator on mmills@carersgloucestershire.org.uk or 01452 872240, or Jacky Martel, Development Manager on jmartel@carersgloucestershire.org.uk, or 01452 876493.