Council survey on carers is launched

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CARERS are being urged to share their views on how looking after someone else has affected the way they live their own life.

Durham County Council will be contacting carers, including those in Peterlee and East Durham, who have been in touch with its adult, social care service in the last 12 months.

A carer is defined as someone who looks after a partner, family member or friend in need of support because of frailty, a physical or learning disability, a mental health problem, substance misuse or illness.

The council wants to improve the support provided to carers and feels it is important to gather people’s views. It is particularly keen to hear about the quality of life for carers and how caring for someone may have affected them.

This is a national survey which more than 150 councils in England will be carrying out on behalf of the Department of Health.

Locally, the survey will allow the council to compare itself to other councils across the country while nationally it will feed in to a wider picture.

The council is urging anyone who receives a questionnaire to fill it in and return it as soon as possible.