Commitment to Carers 2024


Somerset’s Commitment to Carers 2024 is a statement, aligned with the Care Act 2014, acknowledging the invaluable contribution and challenges faced by unpaid carers. It outlines the values, principles and actions that health and social care services should adopt to ensure effective support for unpaid carers.

The Commitment aims to enhance the quality of life for carers and those they care for, by improving their experience of health and social care, and supporting them to access information and opportunities to keep healthy and live well while they carry out their vital caring roles. It reflects priorities identified through consultation and co-production with carers and those who work with and support carers.

The principles of the Commitment are also aligned with the Somerset Council Plan 2023-27 and Adult Social Care Strategy 2023-26 in terms of improving the health and wellbeing of Somerset’s communities through improved independence, choice and control. Also the NHS/Social Care Long Term Plan priorities to enabling our communities to live well with healthier lives for longer and reduce inequalities and access to care and support services.

Commitment to Carers full report

Commitment to Carers summary report

Carers Workshop Evaluation report


In Somerset you are considered to be a carer if you give up your time without pay, to look after a family member, a friend, or a neighbour who is ill, frail or has a disability. You can be a parent carer, a young carer, or care for an older person or other adult with care needs.

Somerset Carers Service (Part of the Community Council for Somerset)

Caring for another person is very rewarding, but can be overwhelming and lonely at times.

You can receive support from Somerset Carers for free if you are over 18 and you look after someone in an ‘unpaid’ caring capacity (not employed or self employed as a Carer). If you are in receipt of benefits for your caring role you can still be supported by our service.

The person you look after could be a loved one, friend, partner, parent or child (it does not matter if they are under or over 18) on a regular or irregular basis.

We will do our utmost to make sure you receive the right support you need in your day-to-day life, by working with healthcare providers, and other local services to create a tailored, integrated package of care that works for you.

Community Connect

For comprehensive information about being a carer, and the advice, help and support available visit the website Connect Somerset – Information and advice for carers

Carers in employment

Combining work and caring for someone can be a lot to cope with.

  • Age UK website – provides information about your rights and entitlements at work.
  • People First website – provides useful contacts and information regarding your rights and entitlements at work.

Carers training

You can find information on face to face and online training courses on the Somerset Carers website

Phone: 0800 3168600
Text: ‘Carer’ to 78070

Last reviewed: March 15, 2024 by Paul

Next review due: September 15, 2024

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