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.
The ‘Giving Carers a Voice’ programme
Charity Healthwatch Surrey is commissioned by Surrey County Council to get the views of Surrey’s unpaid carers on all the support and services they receive. They hold consultations, events and run surveys to get feedback to help develop and improve Surrey’s services from SCC, the NHS and other organisations.
If you’d like to share your views with Healthwatch, or find out more about consultations, please get in touch with them:
- Helpdesk: 0303 303 0023
- SMS: 07592 787 533
- Email: [email protected]
- Website form (to share your views):
Surrey County Council’s own open consultations can be found on the Surrey Says website.
Action for Carers
At Action for Carers we encourage carers using OUR services, to feed back their views.
Consulting young people
For young carers, we have a Forum, enabling young people aged 18 and under to use their voice and share their views on our services and others’.
There is a junior forum for children aged 8-11 and a senior forum 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 also many surveys, consultations and studies that want to hear from carers, that take place both in Surrey and nationally.
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 across the UK 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.