Published 22nd April 2021
Carers UK have launched a new survey for carers to help them understand carers’ experience of health services, support services and breaks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Carers UK has launched this survey to capture carers experiences of being able to or not being able to take time away from their caring responsibilities during the Covid-19 pandemic. This survey will close on Sunday 25 April.
Your responses to this survey will enable them to provide comprehensive evidence of what carers are experiencing as to influence Government decision making, highlight carers’ experiences in the media, and ensure that their advice and information resources are appropriate for carers’ needs. They will also be using this survey to highlight the experiences of carers during Carers Week 2021.
In the survey they will be asking you to tell them about your experiences of breaks from your caring role and the impact that has had on you and your experience of caring. They also ask you about your priorities for the future and your experiences of health services.
How they will use the results of this survey
Carers’ experiences offer vital evidence as Carers UK continue to campaign for better support for carers. They will use this survey’s results to influence Government decision making, raise awareness of the issues carers face, and inform their expert advice and support.
They will be launching their State of Caring survey, which provides a wider view of the experiences of caring in the last year, later in the summer. The results from their current survey will enable them to make the case for more support as the national restrictions ease.
Their previous impact
Their research and responses to surveys over the last year have helped them to highlight carers’ experiences across the UK to the government, commissioners, service provides and carers, as well a providing evidence for the media. It helped them campaign successfully for better guidance, testing for carers, PPE for unpaid carers, carers’ ‘support bubbles’ and exemptions to allow carers to get a break. Carers were included in the priority list for the vaccination and they successfully campaigned for specific advice to support juggling work and care. Carers telling them what their priorities are have also helped to focus their work and help decision-makers know what matters to carers at this point in time. They will continue to campaign for carers to get better support.