Have Your Say – Carers Voice Sessions

Carers Voice Wigan and Leigh, works alongside Wigan Borough Carers and other local organisations that aim to improve the services available to Carers by seeking Carers views and opinions and making sure they get heard.

The word ‘Carer’ refers to someone who provides regular, unwaged help and support for a spouse/partner, family member or friend who is frail, has physical or learning disabilities or any illness including mental health, sensory loss, substance misuse or is alcohol dependent (receiving Carer’s Allowance does not mean you are classified as a ‘paid carer’). This also includes those with parental responsibility for a child with special needs or a disability. Young people under the age of 18 and children may also be carers and are known as Young Carers.

I’m interested in being part of a Carers Voice Session – what is it?

These sessions are a safe space to express and discuss thoughts, ideas and views on things that are of public interest. In this case, the Carers Voice Sessions will focus on the interest of Carers and to be sure discussions are representative of the views of Carers, it’s members will be Carers.
Any carer over the age of 18 can join. You could be looking after an elderly parent, a sibling, a child with additional needs, a friend or neighbour. Whatever your experiences as a Carer, they will be valuable in the pursuit of making positive change happen for Carers in Wigan and Leigh.
Your views and experiences are valued.

If you are a Carer you do not have to necessarily do everything on your own. By joining Carer Voice Wigan and Leigh, you can share your own experiences with other Carers, learn about what support is available for Carers and raise any issues you have as a Carer. Your views will be fed back to the Carers Partnership Board, where they can influence the planning and provision of carers’ support services for the future.

Have you felt supported by the current system?
Do you feel confident in your caring role?
Do you feel support is easy to access?
What are your stories and have there been any challenges?

We want you to tell us about your experience of the system for your support and what you think could be improved or developed.
As Carers representatives we really do need you to tell us your experiences of today’s service provision and your vision going forward.

When and where is the session?
Thursday 18th May, 10 am – 12 noon  Medicentre Ashton Health Centre, Council Ave, Wigan WN4 9AZ

and (evening session, 7 pm via Zoom) Zoom details: Meeting ID: 849 4146 9532 Passcode: Q3ZA1R  https://zoom.us/join

Parking: The nearest free parking is on Ashton Market Square.  There are only a few disabled parking spaces outside the health centre for those with any mobility needs.

Carers and loved ones are welcome. Refreshments available.

We’d love to see you there.

More information:
Email: carers.mailbox@wigan.gov.uk
or call 01942 697885