On the 19th December, Greater Manchester made a historic and collective commitment to transform how carers are supported in their invaluable role through the signing of a Greater Manchester Carers Charter by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership organisations including voluntary, community and social enterprise groups. .
The Charter and commitment has been designed by carers and is supported by voluntary, community and social enterprise groups, councils, NHS England and NHS organisations in Greater Manchester. It builds on the aims of the Care Act 2014 and agrees to acknowledge, respect and provide support and opportunities for carers, of which there are at least 280,000 in Greater Manchester.
Carers, as well as supporting the people they care for, have many needs of their own, which are not always met. The Charter will aim to put in place processes by which all carers,including young, adult carers and parent carers, will be recognised, supported to reduce feelings of isolation, are given help to improve their own health and wellbeing as well as guidance and help to access education and continue employment.
To find out more about the Charter, what it means for carers and its priorities for the next twelve months click here.