Call for carers to complete national survey

Gloucestershire County Council Press Release – 2 October 2021

Gloucestershire County Council is inviting carers to take part in a national survey to find out more about their vital role.

National carers surveys were started in 2012, and take place every two years. The survey is nationwide and organised by the Department of Health and Social Care.

There are more than 63,000 carers in Gloucestershire, providing unpaid support to family members or friends who need help due to a variety of reasons, including age, substance misuse, physical or mental illness and disability.

This year’s survey of adult carers in England (SACE) will inform local and national work to find out what support carers need.

The county council and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group jointly fund and promote a range of services to support carers in Gloucestershire. The purpose of the survey is to find out whether these services are helping carers in their caring roles and in their lives outside of caring.

Originally due to take place in 2020 and delayed due to Covid-19, this survey includes additional questions designed to find out how the pandemic has affected carers and specifically how they feel about:

  • The support or services they received from Social Services throughout this time
  • The social contact they had with people during the pandemic
  • Their personal safety, whether they have felt safe from fear of abuse, being attacked or other physical harm
  • Whether they were involved or consulted as much as they wanted to be, in discussions about the support or services provided to the person they care for

All councils are gathering their own local responses which then feed back into the national survey.

A random sample of approximately 1000 carers in Gloucestershire will be sent the survey from early October.

Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for older people at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Carers across the county do a fantastic job selflessly providing support for friends and family day in day out, keeping some of our most vulnerable people safe.

“Caring is demanding and difficult work and we want to make sure that carers can receive the right support when they need it most.

“I would encourage carers who are selected to take part in this national survey to make sure they have their say as we really want to hear their views.”

The survey will be posted out next week and responses need to be received by Friday 30 November 2021.

Not all carers will receive a survey, but the Carers Hub will be holding a virtual feedback session on 12 November 2021 at 12pm to give carers who do not receive the survey the opportunity to share their views.