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 are several ways you can share your experiences and express your views – and make a difference.
Our ‘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 have consultation events taking place all the time, Surrey-wide, and are keen to hear from as many carers as possible. Consultation events take place online (via Zoom) and in person, and usually focus on a topic – for example, caring for someone with dementia.
We let carers know the date and the theme of the Parliament and consultation events in our newsletters, emails, and on our events listings.
Many carers find making time difficult, so if you are unable to attend, you can contact us with any comments, views or points you would like addressed in advance. You can email to [email protected] or write to us at ‘Giving Carers a Voice’, Action for Carers, Astolat, Coniers Way, Burpham GU47HL.
Should you wish to give a compliment, or make a complaint, we also have a Compliments and Complaints process.
To see all the current Action for Carers ‘Giving Carers a Voice’ consultations, click 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.
Young carers (under 18)
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. Sometimes these are held in partnership with us, Action for Carers.
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.