A report launched this week by Carers UK reveals that more than 600 people quit paid work to look after older, sick and disabled relatives every day.
Thanks to those of you who filled out a survey on accessing short breaks earlier this year.
Healthwatch acts as a consumer champion for the patients and the public of South Gloucestershire, hearing the views of the local population and promotes these views to relevant decision makers.
Healthwatch Bristol’s has launched a report following on from discussions with carers at the Carers Rights Day that we held in Fishponds in November 2017.
The ‘Your Neighbourhood’ consultations were open between 13th June and 5th September, 2017 and comprised consultations on proposals for:
- Bristol Community Links (day opportunities service)
- Public Toilets
- School Crossing Patrols
- Withdrawal of funding for Neighbourhood Partnerships
All of the above are relevant to carers, but in particular, the proposed changes to Bristol Community Links are likely to impact carers whose cared for attends Bristol Community Links Day Centres. There were 1607 responses to the Bristol Community Links consultation and of these, 84% agreed that the drop-in service should be maintained. 73% agreed that independent living should be a priority for the Bristol Community Links service and people responded to where they most thought additional drop-in services would be valuable. The highest number of requests for local drop-in services was in Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston, followed by Hartcliffe and Withywood. The survey asked respondents, “If we extend the opening hours, do you think that we should no longer provide transport automatically, but that it should be decided on an individual case by case basis”. 61% of those who responded, agreed that the transport to Bristol Community Links centres should be decided on an individual case by case basis. 15% disagreed and 24% weren’t sure.
The full report can be accessed here.
The consultation results, along with Bristol City Council’s Equalities Impact Assessments, will be taken into consideration in developing a set of final proposals.
The council’s decisions on these services will be made at public meetings of Cabinet later in 2017 or early 2018. These dates will be published as part of the Council’s forward plan here.