The number of people providing unpaid care is on the increase across the UK as is the level of interest in understanding the impact caring has on people’s lives.
The Monmouthshire Carers’ Strategy acknowledges the increasingly vital role carers play both in the lives of those individuals that they care for and within society. To this end the strategy adopts two themes: the need to support carers to develop the confidence, competence and capacity to care; and the need for carers to be supported to have a life of their own alongside that of being a carer.
Councillor Geoff Burrows, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Housing said:
“What strikes me about the report is the likelihood that the carers we know about are probably just a small fraction of the total number of people in Monmouthshire who undertake a caring role for loved ones, some perhaps even not aware that they are a ‘carer’.
“We have much work to do, but I believe this strategy offers us with something akin to a road map to provide more help to carers we know about and to commence support to those we find in the future.”
The full report and cabinet papers are available on www.monmouthshire.gov.uk