Consultations and campaigns
Your experiences as a carer – good and bad – are hugely important. Your views are extremely valuable to help make changes for the better for all carers, both in Surrey and nationally.
There’s several ways you can share your experiences and express your views – and make a difference.
‘Giving Carers a Voice’ programme
At Action for Carers we run our own programme of consultations, including a ‘Carers’ Parliament’, finding out from carers their views and opinions on our services and issues facing carers generally.
The ‘Carers’ Parliament’ is open to any carer registered with Action for Carers to attend. Usually the meeting looks at a certain theme, allowing us to consult, and develop the service in a way that carers feel is important and relevant to caring today. Each parliament has prepared activities, often a speaker, and a chance for feedback and questions and answers.
We’ll let carers know the date and the theme of the session in our newsletters and mailings. Of course, many carers find it difficult to get away from home, so if you are unable to attend, you can contact us direct and add any comments, views or points you would like addressed by the parliament.
We have consultation events taking place all the time, Surrey-wide, and would love to hear from you. Most take place as meetings, but you are also very welcome to submit your views by email to email@example.com or letter.
(We also have a Compliments and Complaints process.)
To see all the current Action for Carers ‘Giving Carers a Voice’ consultations, click the button below.
Consulting young people
Our young adult carers and young carers also contribute their voices.
Young adult carers
The YACs contribute through our Council, where invited young adult carers meet to focus on a particular aspect of our service. This provides the young adults with valuable experience and acts as an advisory body to our Board of Trustees.
The young carers contribute through our Forum: a junior forum for children aged 8-11 and a senior for 12 upwards. Our forum members contribute their ideas, and many have spoken at events, on television and on radio, gaining new skills and making young carers’ situations real for professionals and public.
There are frequent consultations taking place in Surrey – with Surrey County Council, the NHS and other charities and groups setting up opportunities to hear about your experiences and get your views on services, including potential developments.
Opportunities range from being part of focus groups, to one-off sessions, and questionnaire-style feedback. There are usually many ways to give your views.
Click the button below to see consultations, taking place in Surrey and nationally that you might like to take part in.
Action for Carers is often involved with, or actively supporting, campaigns that will benefit carers.
These can be Surrey-based, working jointly with other charities and organisations in Surrey, or national, joining campaigns led by Carers UK or Carers Trust.