Helping to care for the county’s carers

From Left: Hilary Brown, North Locality Manager, NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, Lynne Maughan, Think Family Co-ordinator/Parenting Commissioner, Councillor Susan Dungworth, Policy Board Member of Adult and Public Health Services,  Angela De Travernent, Carer and Carers Strategy Partnership and Vanessa Bainbridge, Deputy Director Adult Care, Northumberland County Council.

From Left: Hilary Brown, North Locality Manager, NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, Lynne Maughan, Think Family Co-ordinator/Parenting Commissioner, Councillor Susan Dungworth, Policy Board Member of Adult and Public Health Services, Angela De Travernent, Carer and Carers Strategy Partnership and Vanessa Bainbridge, Deputy Director Adult Care, Northumberland County Council.

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A NEW strategy to support carers has been launched in Northumberland.

The Northumberland Joint Carers’ Strategy aims to recognise the contribution unpaid carers living in the county make to the lives of friends and families, and sets out how agencies will work with them over the next three years.

It will focus on making sure national strategy actions are achieved, informing all partners of any issues, providing a framework for actions and improving partnership working to benefit carers.

County council Lead Member for Adult Care Susan Dungworth said: “With the number of people in Northumberland providing unpaid care increasing in the last 10 years by six per cent to almost 36,000, it is vital that we recognise the carer contribution, as well as the carers’ own need for support. Involving and listening to carers is crucial.”