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Have your say on new Carers Strategy for Knowsley

by Gemma Melling

Ensuring carers in Knowsley are well supported, recognised and valued, is at the heart of a new Carers Strategy being proposed by the council.

Building on the success of Knowsley’s earlier Carers Strategy for 2017-2019, this latest strategy sets out how partners across Knowsley will work together to ensure that carers needs are supported now and, in the future, so that they can live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.

The vision set out within the new Carers Strategy is based on insight from carers in Knowsley and focuses on ensuring they are recognised and valued and that they receive supportive services, enabling them to have a quality of life similar to those without caring responsibilities.

Six key priorities and associated actions have been identified by carers, and these form the basis of what will be prioritised over the next five years. These priorities are:

Health and wellbeing

Providing support to recognise how caring can impact physical or mental health.

Leisure and culture

Ensuring that carers have opportunities to participate in leisure and culture activities.

Carers assessments

Improving the assessment process so that the needs of carers are identified and supported.

Maximising income

Supporting carers to maximise and make the most of their income.

Need for a break (respite)

Ensuring that carers can access regular breaks for themselves and the person they care for

Loneliness and social isolation

Supporting carers to access opportunities to build and maintain relationships.

Knowsley Council now wants to hear from you. You can now read the draft strategy on the council’s website and give your feedback to help shape the final version.

All responses need to be received by Tuesday 8 September. Please visit the council’s website to find out more.