Issued : 15th June 2004
Angus Carers Strategy
AS many as 9,000 people in Angus provide care to others, with 2,000 of them providing as much as 50 hours direct care a week.
These startling figures from the 2002 census were highlighted by Angus Council's Social Work & Health convener Glennis Middleton at the launch of the Angus Carers Strategy this week.
Speaking at the launch, which marked the start of National Carers Week, Councillor Middleton said: "I am heartened by these figures as they show the commitment of the people of Angus to their community. However it is the affect of this extensive caring on a carer's life that agencies must recognise and support.
"A carer is someone caring for an adult or child who is frail, ill, has a disability, has mental health problems or has special needs and whose life is affected to some extent as a consequence of that caring.
"The Angus Carers Strategy is the culmination of a great deal of work involving these carers and carers organisations such as Angus Carers Centre, Crossroads and Alzheimer's Action on Dementia as well as the statutory agencies and sets the agenda for the development of services for carers across all service user groups."
The carers strategy provides the strategic framework within which the council, health and other agencies' planning groups will identify developments for inclusion in the Joint Community Care Plan and in respect of services for young carers and parent carers in the Children's Services Plan.
The Angus strategy highlights carers' needs for information, practical support and assessment in order that appropriate services can be put in place to meet the care needs of service users and support carers in their caring role.
The range of services available within Angus which can provide support to carers directly, or can give carers a break from caring tasks by supporting the cared for person are outlined on the council's website at www.angus.gov.uk/services.