With some day care centres and respite suspended or reduced , it left carers in a particularly challenging position. We want to hear what it has been like for you, and how things need to change going forward, which is why we are launching our survey today. It only takes about 5 minutes.
We undertook a general Covid-19 survey back in June, to ask people how they found accessing health and care services during the pandemic. We continued to receive calls and emails from carers to our helpdesk highlighting issues.
Nationally, it is thought that 4.5 million additional people have taken on caring for older, disabled or seriously ill relatives or friends since the Covid-19 pandemic started. Many of these people are also juggling work and family life alongside unpaid care work and finding it very difficult.
The figures were revealed at the end of June as part of Carers Week and the six charities supporting Carers Week - Carers UK, Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Oxfam GB and Rethink Mental Illness – are calling on the UK Government to recognise and raise awareness of the role unpaid carers are playing during the pandemic and ensure they are supported through it, and beyond.
We want to understand the picture in Wokingham by asking all unpaid carers to take part in our survey and share their experiences with us. Our aim is to:
identify the issues affecting unpaid carers since the pandemic began
identify what needs to be done differently to support carers going forward
Ways to share your views with us:
Complete the survey online: HERE
Call us: 0118 418 1418
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Write to us at:
Town Hall, Market Place
Wokingham, RG40 1AS