10 November 2010

A consultation has been launched by Northamptonshire County Council in partnership with Northamptonshire carers partnership and NHS Northamptonshire to make sure people get the chance to voice their opinion on developments to services for carers.

There is an opportunity for carers across the county, both paid and unpaid, to make a difference to future plans of service development in Northamptonshire. Carers can include anyone, of any age, who provides regular unpaid help to a family member or friend.

This consultation will inform the development of a comprehensive support service for carers in Northamptonshire and the comments provided will aid the writing of a refreshed local carers strategy for 2010-2014.

Cabinet member for Health and Adult services, Councillor Robin Brown said “The work of carers throughout the county positively contributes to the lives of hundreds of vulnerable people. We want to support these unseen heroes and work with them to make important changes to the future carers strategy. Please don’t miss this chance to have your say.”

The consultation will include discussions about providing carers with personalised services to support them in their caring role, empowering carers and improve their quality of life and protecting children and young people.

The consultation period for Northamptonshire’s local carers strategy continues until 5th December 2010.

People are invited to attend one of eight consultation events over the next month, or by completing the online questionnaire about theme of the consultation details of both are available online at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk

For more information please contact Jenny Osborne, Carers strategy support on 01933 677837 Email: jennyo@northamptonshire-carers.org