The Department of Social Care in partnership with Crossroads Care, the Council of Voluntary Organisations, the Department of Health, the Department of Education and Children and Manx Cancer Help are launching a public consultation on a draft Carers’ Charter.
The Charter is intended to create a framework for developing appropriate support for carers on a partnership basis across the public, private and third sectors. It also includes clear actions which, working together, the partnership will implement in order to improve outcomes for carers.
The partnership is seeking views from carers and the wider public on the actions and in particular:
- Are the principles of the Charter right?
- Are the key actions we are recommending within each principle the right ones?
- Are there any further actions we should consider?
The Minister for Social Care Hon Chris Robertshaw MHK said:
'If we were truly honest with ourselves we would say that this Charter is long overdue – so it is really good to see it coming to fruition. This will help us all focus more on the vital role carers play in our society.'
Crossroads Chief Executive Jackie Betteridge said:
'We are delighted that we have a charter that not only recognises carers but will also improve outcomes for carers. As it is likely that three in every five people on the Island will become a carer at some point in their life, it is important that as many people as possible take part in the consultation. This Charter could have a profound effect on all our lives at some point in the future. Support for those of us looking after our husbands, wives, parents, children or friends can improve carer health and welfare, reduce the stresses on families and improve community well-being. Working together for the benefit of those most vulnerable in the community is a priority for the third sector as is the importance of engaging with the private and public sector. The Charter is a welcome step in the right direction and an important milestone in our drive to recognise and support carers.'
The partnership wants to hear views from both carers themselves and the general public. In order to take into account summer holidays the consultation will run until Friday 21 September 2012.
Electronic copies of the consultation and further information about the proposals are available on http://old.gov.im/socialcare/services/adults/carers.xml or www.crossroadsiom.org. Paper copies of the consultation document can be collected from:
- Crossroads Care Isle of Man Carers’ Centre, 35/36 Derby Square, Douglas, IM1 3LW or
- The Department of Social Care, Markwell House, Market Street, Douglas, IM1 2RZ or
- The Tynwald Library, Legislative Buildings, Finch Road, Douglas, IM1 3PW
- or by ringing Crossroads Care on +44 1624 673103 or the Department of Social Care on 686208.
Stakeholder meetings will also be held to give people the chance to contribute views directly.
Dates will be advertised on the above websites shortly. Comments should be submitted to either of the following:
Carers’ Charter Consultation Department of Social Care 3rd Floor Markwell House, Market Street, Douglas IMI 2RZ, Telephone: +44 1624 686208 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crossroads Care Isle of Man Carers’ Centre 35/36 Derby Square Douglas IM1 3LW, Telephone: +44 1624 673103 Email: email@example.com