One of the main ways to get your voice heard in Bristol is to come to a Carers Open Meeting. These are run and organised by Carers Support Centre every quarter. These are free events for carers, where you can meet with others in similar situations, hear about changes to services and support, and ask questions directly to health and social care service providers.
When there is a local consultation or change in adult services, affecting carers and the people they care for, we will let you know through these pages. You can then either comment independently, or you can contact us to let us know your views. We can also put you in touch with a carer representative who will speak on your behalf.
Bristol Carers Voice
This is a partnership between carer representatives and health and social care providers, facilitated by the Carers Support Centre. We work with carer representatives to input carers’ views and concerns to these meetings.
Bristol Carers Voice ensures that carers’ issues are kept on the agenda for statutory agencies. The group reviews changes to local adult services, and inputs carers’ views on all aspects of social care and health. The group also oversees the development of the Bristol Carers Strategy.
If you are a parent carer, and want to get your views heard, see Bristol Parent Carers website.
If you are a young carer, and want to get your views heard, see Young Carers Voice.
If you would like a carer representative to represent your views/concerns on any services and support for adults, please contact us via telephone on: 0117 958 9989
Could you be a carer representative?
Are you interested in becoming a carer representative?
You don’t need any special qualifications for this. You will be a carer who knows about the daily pressures that carers face. And you will need to be passionate about improving the quality of life for carers. You should be currently caring, or will have been caring in the past year. The Carers Support Centre offers training and ongoing support to help you make the most of this role. If you would like a friendly chat about what might be involved, please do contact us.
Other ways to get your voice heard
Would you be willing to write a letter or make a comment to a local paper, or perhaps take part in a telephone questionnaire? You might feel you don’t have enough time or energy to get involved in consultations or working groups, but that doesn’t mean you don’t feel passionately about improving services for carers and the people they care for.
We sometimes ask carers to write letters or speak to the local media on specific issues, or take part in a questionnaire from home. If you think you could do this, let us know.