The Carers Partnership Board was set up in response to national strategies, to make sure carers can access the support and services they need, to help them stay in their caring role for as long as they wish.
The purpose of the Board is to:
- Monitor the Cornwall Carers Strategy
- Discuss and address issues of common concern to carers in Cornwall
- Raise awareness and improve understanding of the role carers play in supporting other people
- Exchange ideas, strengthen skills and share examples of good practice in developing support and services, to help carers stay in their caring role for longer
The Board meets four times a year and the most recent agendas and minutes are on the Healthwatch Cornwall website at CPB Agendas and Minutes. Older documents are available on request.
Carers and others interested in the work of the Board are welcome to come to the meetings as observers. Observers can ask questions of the Board through a Carers Partnership Board member or their local Carers Forums. Places are limited, so please contact us to book your place well before the meeting.
The Board can be contacted through Nuala Kiely and Mike Hooper, Healthwatch Cornwall:
- Telephone: 01872 273501 or 01872 273212
Carers forums are open to all informal and unpaid carers to offer information and guidance.
They also allow carers to have their voices heard by those who make decisions about the services and support available to them and the people they care for.
The Carers Forums offer carers;
- the opportunity to share and raise concerns
- feed them back through the Carers Partnership Board
- raise awareness of issues and concerns experienced by carers and highlight the importance of their caring role
The forums take place quarterly in each area and have administration support to help organise and run them. This support also makes sure reports and minutes are written and actioned accordingly.
Each forum aims to find local solutions for issues and concerns raised by carers at each meeting. The Carers Partnership Board considers issues and concerns, to find and escalate solutions as needed.
For more information on attending Carers Forums, please visit the Kernow Carers web page.
Most issues can be resolved online, it's the quickest and most convenient way to get help.