Plans are afoot to have a Carer’s Centre in Cornwall to enable those who care for family members to have the extra help they need. This is not going to be a stand alone building, but a series of help numbers and drop in centres.
The concept of this is I believe a good one. Many people out in the wider community do not know who they can turn to to seek help. Many people out there don’t even see themselves as Carers, but really they are because they are helping family members. There are 55,000 Carers in Cornwall and over 6 million in the UK. So there is no denying there is a need for this type of service.
There will be some sort of HQ for this to work, but this has not been identified as yet. Its got funding for the next 3 years and options for a further 2 years. The funding for the first three years is £300K, £360k and £450k. The functions that this service will carry out are
- Information and Advice
- Emotional Support
- Carers Support Groups
- Welfare Rights Advice
- Health and Wellbeing Courses
- Easier Access to Services for Carers
The question is will it work? This was the question being asked at today’s Health and Adults Scrutiny Committee. Many on the Committee saw this as a great step forward in helping those carers. Others thought there had not been enough consultation over the plan. Those trying to set up this up said they had fully consulted, but to some (the Committee) this was not enough.
The recommendation from the Committee was that further Consultation would be carried over the next 6 weeks before being brought back to the Committee for a recommendation to Cabinet.
For those who want to read the whole report here is the link to the Agenda. It’s number 7 on the Agenda (Link)