Council Sign Commitment to Carers Paula Furnival, Cllr. Karen May, Cllr. Adrian Hardman and Carole Cumino Councillor Karen May, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and Chair of the Worcestershire Health and Well-being Board pledged support for the the 'Commitment to Carers' on behalf the Worcestershire County Council before the Board meeting on Tuesday 15th February. At the meeting, the new Worcestershire Carers Strategy 'Carer Friendly Communities: All Age Carer Strategy 2022-26' was agreed with the next stage being co-producing an action plan with carers to make the strategy happen. NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust had already signed up to the Commitment to Carers. All the signatories recognise that by working collaboratively, it's possible to reach more carers and identify who may not be aware of the support available to them. By working together, the different communication channels and types of support can be broadened, enabling more carers and their families to engage and receive the help and advice they need. Councillor Karen May, cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing said: “Becoming a carer can be overwhelming, you have extra responsibilities, yet you may not know where to turn for support. Although caring can be rewarding, we also know it can also be exhausting. Receiving support at the right time can make a big difference in looking after your own needs and the person you care for." "Our pledge shows our commitment to carers who we want to feel valued and to help ensure their physical and mental health needs are recognised and met. It will also ensure they can access tailored support and access to relevant information and are supported to maintain their interests, outside of their caring.” Carole Cumino, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Association of Carers "It's taken a long time to get to the point where all key partners have signed up to the Commitment to Carers and we have a new Carers Strategy which includes the outcomes that carers tell us they want. Now the real work starts and we look forward to working with our partners and of course carers to make sure that we turn strategy into action that make a real difference for carers."