What the Board does and who attends its meetings
“A carer spends a significant proportion of their life providing unpaid support to family or friends. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems”
Carers’ Voice Somerset Partnership Board is a strategic group, and an influencing body and voice for unpaid carers in Somerset. We are concerned with improving the lives of unpaid carers in Somerset, and advise and make recommendations on the joint development of health, social care and related services.
The Board was set up in response to national strategies to make sure that carers can access the appropriate support and services they need. This helps them to maintain a good level of health and wellbeing and remain in their caring role for as long as they wish.
This is an inclusive, membership organisation. We include carers and former carers of people representing a wide range of caring needs, and are open to all those interested in improving the lives of unpaid carers in Somerset.
Members must be at least 16 years old and the membership must be made up of at least 80 per cent current carers.
The Chair and Vice Chair are always carers or former carers.
Key members of Carers’ Voice Somerset are:
We respond to the local and national policies for carers by
Meetings are attended by carers, former carers and representatives of organisations and agencies which have a stake in supporting carers in the county. This includes local service providers, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset County Council commissioners.
At these meetings the Board discusses the concerns of carers in Somerset, focuses on the specific problems that carers are facing in the county, shares local, regional and national information and updates and best practice. The outcomes of these meetings are shared across the whole of the health and social care sector in Somerset.
Please note: Carers’ Voice Somerset Partnership Board is a strategic group and as such does not have the jurisdiction to campaign on issues solely relating to individual carers. Our meetings are an open, public meetings and issues affecting only one individual carer cannot be raised at the meeting.
Meetings are divided into three parts.
Carers are invited to attend all or part of the meeting.
Meetings are held every three months at various venues across Somerset.
If you are interested in our work and would like to get involved
If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of the above we would really like to hear from you.
For an informal chat and to find out more please contact Debbie Penny – Carers’ Voice Somerset Development and Engagement Officer
Phone 07866 785438
Minutes of meeting 12 February 2019
Carers’ Voice Somerset Partnership Board AGM October 2018
Minutes of meeting 10 July 2018
Minutes of AGM and Board meeting 20 September 2017
Carers Voice Somerset terms of reference
Code of conduct, roles and responsibilities June 2017
Minutes of meeting 25 April 2017
Minutes of meeting 28 February 2017
Minutes of AGM and Board meeting 26 September 2016
Minutes of meeting 25 April 2016
Minutes of meeting 29 February 2016
Minutes of meeting 1 July 2015
Minutes of meeting 22 April 2015
Minutes of meeting 23 February 2015
Minutes of meeting 15 October 2014
Minutes of meeting 9 July 2014
Minutes of meeting 16 October 2013
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