13 October 2014

Carers across Northamptonshire are being asked for their views on the support services they receive as part of a major survey.

Northamptonshire County Council will be sending the survey to a random sample of carers over the coming weeks to gather their feedback on issues ranging from their quality of life to access to information about the support available.

How many surveys are being sent out?

Around 1,000 surveys will be posted to people who care for a loved one and the results will help shape how services including respite breaks and training will be developed and improved in the future.

Cllr Suresh Patel, county council cabinet member for adult social care, said: “Around one in 10 people in Northamptonshire regularly cares for someone, whether it is a husband, wife, parent or friend. Those carers perform an incredibly worthwhile role, but we need to make sure we are not overlooking their needs and ensure that someone is looking after them.

“That’s why we are undertaking this survey to find out what they think of the support they receive and whether there is more we can do to offer practical support and information to help them in their caring role.”

How many carers are there in Northamptonshire?

The county council provides support and services to the estimated 70,000 carers in Northamptonshire by working in partnership with a number of organisations including Northamptonshire Carers, Crossroads and Care UK.

Completed surveys should be returned to Northamptonshire County Council by Friday 12th December 2014.

Carers who complete a survey will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a stay in a holiday cottage, a pamper day or high street shopping vouchers.

Further information about the support available to carers can be found at www.wholooksafteryou.co.uk.