Carers Matter Norfolk is a partnership of four organisations led by Voluntary Norfolk; the other partners are Carers Voice Norfolk & Waveney, FamilyCarersNet Ltd and Norfolk & Suffolk Care Support Ltd. The Partnership came together in May 2017 to successfully bid for the ‘Supporting Unpaid Carers in Norfolk’ contract, now known as Carers Matter Norfolk.
Carers Matters Norfolk is the umbrella brand for the services delivered by the four partners through the Supporting Unpaid Carers in Norfolk contract funded by Norfolk County Council and Norfolk’s five NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups. Carers Matter Norfolk is delivered as an integrated service across all partners with a single management team and one database. We manage and take decisions as a Partnership Steering Group, which brings together the four Partner Leads, our Service Manager and five carers. The Performance and Development Group, led and chaired by carers, looks at how effective we are, challenges us to do better and helps us to plan future service development.
We hope in time that the Carers Matter branding and range of services will be extended to include more support for carers in Norfolk and beyond.
Three in five people within the UK will become a carer at some point in their lives. Nearly 1 in 8 of Norfolk’s population are caring and others care at a distance for people living in the county. Caring can affect anyone, at anytime in their lives, no matter who or what they are. Caring can have a big impact on everyday life, and each day, thousands struggle to get the support that they desperately need.