new strategy is set to develop local support
Recognition, advice and support for people who look after a family member, good friend or neighbour are at the heart of a new five-year Strategy to support adult carers in South Ayrshire.
South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) has joined forces with local partners, including South Ayrshire Carers Centre, Crossroads and Ayrshire Hospice, staff and carers to produce South Ayrshire's Adult Carers Strategy 2019 - 2024.
The Strategy was officially launched on 14 June 2019, during Carers Week, and sets out a range of approaches to identify and support carers; taking into account the recent changes in legislation due to the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016.
At the time of the latest Scottish Census (2011) there were 11709 carers providing care in South Ayrshire.
The Strategy is aimed at helping these unpaid carers, by developing a strong support network which will ultimately enable them to continue in their caring role.
The Strategy aims to ensure that: carers are identified and supported; feel involved and well informed; and are supported to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle outside of their caring responsibilities.
Councillor Brian McGinley, Chair of South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership's Integration Joint Board (IJB), welcomed the launch of the new Strategy.
He said: "Looking after someone can be a hugely rewarding experience, but it sometimes comes with difficulties, so we need to ensure there is quick access to support.
"All parts of the community – health and social care, Council, employers, family and friends – have a role to play in getting carers connected to the information and support they need.
"The new Adult Carers Strategy builds on the current support that's available to carers across South Ayrshire and provides details on the future direction and development of local support and services over the next five years."
The Adult Carers Strategy is available on the HSCP website www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/health-social-care-partnershipFor more information about Carers Week visit www.carersweek.org