THE JERSEY ASSOCIATION OF CARERS INCORPORATED (JACI)
AND THE CARERS PARTNERSHIP GROUP LAUNCH THE LATEST JERSEY CARERS STRATEGY
'GETTING IT RIGHT SO CARERS THRIVE, NOT JUST SURVIVE'
The new Jersey Carers Strategy was launched today at the start of Carers Week by Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst at The Merchant House Brasserie, Jersey Museum.
The event was attended by Susan Devlin, Managing Director of Community and Social Services, Senator Andrew Green, Carers, representatives of local Charities, and by Mrs. Jennifer Bailhache, who has kindly agreed to be Patron of JACI, alongside Lady Dalton, who unfortunately was unable to attend.
Senator Gorst also gave an opening speech at the Jersey Carers Strategy Day on 23rd March 2017, which was attended by over 70 local people, including a high proportion of Carers, staff from from Charities and voluntary organisations, the Parishes, many Statutory Departments and States Members.
The Strategy Day was chaired by an independent facilitator, Amy Hobson from the Wellbeing Collective. The event enabled people to describe things that they felt currently worked well for Carers, and the things they would like to see changed, improved or enhanced in some way. The end of the day resulted in the identification of key themes and ideas that would improve the future for Carers, giving a sense of where the priorities were and what would have the biggest impact.
The purpose of the Jersey Carers Strategy is to improve the lives of thousands of local Carers who provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend. Setting out our vision and new model for meeting the needs of Carers. It highlights a growing culture of inclusion and empowerment that will most effectively meet the needs of Carers, and the people they support and care for.
The pressure on many Carers is often high and the impact on their lives can be significant and wide ranging, including physical and mental health issues, education, training, employment, and relationships with family and friends. Therefore, offering the right type and amount of support is crucial in order to meet the needs of Carers who want to continue to care for their loved one.
The number of Carers in Jersey is growing and it is estimated that one in seven
people are currently fulfilling an unpaid caring role. The Carers Strategy identifies areas of change needed in Jersey, to enable local Carers to 'thrive, not just survive'
Work has already been undertaken to improve and develop support services and training for Carers in Jersey, however addressing the impact of undertaking an unpaid caring role and recognising the contribution individuals make for local people and for the economy of the Island continues to be a priority.