Most people in their lifetime are likely to be affected by, or have an experience of caring for someone. The 2011 Census identified some 38,000 carers living across Dudley borough. This figure is however likely to be much higher as many people with caring responsibilities don’t identify themselves as ‘carers’, these people are sometimes referred to as ‘hidden carers’
Back in 2008 the government recognised the key role that carers play with the publication of the National Carers Strategy – Carers at the heart of 21st century families and communities. This has subsequently been developed and updated and The Care Act 2014 further recognised the importance of carers, with this new legislation placing carers on the same legal footing as the person they care for.
Locally this recognition of the carers role has also developed over the past few years. This local development resulted in the Dudley Carers Alliance being formed in May 2015, as part of the review of the Dudley Carers Strategy. The new alliance was born out of a desire to bring together carers and key organisations – private, public, statuary and voluntary which work with carers, or provide services to carers, to provide a holistic approach to supporting carers across Dudley borough.
Dudley Carers Alliance aims to provide a voice for carers to influence policies which affect their lives and the people they care for, we see this as a key role for us and our members and always ensure that the rights of our carers at the top of all agendas.
Carers Alliance meeting dates for 2017 are:
Wednesday 15th February 2017
Wednesday 5th April 2017
Thursday 1st June 2017
Tuesday 1st August 2017
Wednesday 11th October 2017
Tuesday 12th December 2017
All meetings take place 10.30am – 1pm and in venues across the borough
For more information or is you would like attend the Carers Alliance meetings contact Dudley Carers Network on 01384 818723