PORTSMOUTH Carers Council was set up in December 2011 as an initiative by Portsmouth City Council to provide a chance for carers’ voices to be heard by the people who are decision-makers in the city.
It’s supported and facilitated by Sylvia Hutchings of Carers Together to hold meetings four times a year.
All carers are invited to come along and speak about things that worry them, to try to get things changed for the better.
In the two years since starting, we have taken on board many of carers’ concerns and worries, where carers see things could be improved. We then take these points to an executive board of the city council consisting of decision makers and authority heads.
In this time, some things have improved for carers and service users, some are in the process and some things have not changed at all.
A carer is a family member/friend/neighbour who cares for someone who is vulnerable, mentally or physically unwell. The carer is the one who has to pick up the pieces when all goes wrong, so it is good that the Carers Council is there to try to improve services for carers and service users.
The next meeting is tomorrow at the Cosham Community Centre, in Wootton Street, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
If you are a carer, please come along, listen to other carers, unload your concerns or questions about services in the city. Together we can achieve better things.
There will also be a member of staff from the Carers Centre, if you have a private/individual worry, who will be happy to speak to you and try their best to help.
Please come along and join us on this day.