West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership held a Carers Engagement Event on Thursday 30 November, 2017 in Clydebank Town Hall, to talk to carers about how it feels to be a carer and asking carers to help us shape, plan and deliver local services. 

We were keen to involve carers and get their views on deciding what services to provide and how to provide them. Carers have unique experience and knowledge of the person they care for and local authorities should draw on this knowledge to better shape local services. 

The event was also to help to assist with successful implementation of the new Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 within West Dunbartonshire from 1st April 2018.  This engagement event has provided us with a lot of valuable information and the online survey will further enhance this by allowing those not able to attend the event in person to contribute and have their say.

To increase understanding of the caring role we made the following videos.  We engaged with several of our adult carers and young carers who agreed to be videoed talking about the impact of caring on their lives.  The videos highlight some positive and negative sides to caring and hopefully creates a better understanding of the issues involved.  It is our intention to collate feedback from the videos and use this information to better plan and deliver services that support carers in the way that they say they need to be supported.  

For those people/carers who were unable to attend the event in November there is still the opportunity to have your say on how services for carers are planned and delivered.  We would be very pleased to hear your views and by completing the online survey this will give you the opportunity to respond to the same questions that were asked of carers who were able to attend at the November event.  The more carers voices we hear the better informed we will be and the better equipped we will be in shaping services that meet the needs of you the carers of West Dunbartonshire.  Please take the time to complete the online survey and help us with this important work. 

 Click the following link to take you to the online survey, this will close on the 31 January 2018.

 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZPF3M5S