Carers Week 2021 – Message from Gail Smith, Interim Chief Officer, Angus Health and Social Care Partnership

Carers week is such an important opportunity to raise awareness of caring,  to highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the vital contribution unpaid carers make to families and communities throughout Angus. I hope this Carers Week will celebrate the invaluable work of unpaid carers across the Angus area and highlight the continued challenges unpaid carers experience as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and also help raise awareness of the many different ways someone can be a carer.

Many people don’t realise the support they provide for their family member, close friend or even their neighbour, could make them a carer. Looking after someone can be a hugely rewarding experience, but it sometimes comes with difficulties, including finding the right support. I would encourage everyone to share the campaign’s message to make caring visible and valued, and if they recognise themselves in the stories of carers, please access the wonderful support provided by the Angus Carers Centre.  

The focus of Carers week this year, couldn’t be more important as the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to bring significant challenges for the health and social care sector. Angus Health and Social Care Partnership is committed to supporting unpaid carers in Angus. We provide funding to Angus Carers Centre which allows for the delivery of a comprehensive range of information, advice, development of support plans and support for carers across Angus. In February 2020 we published ‘Carers in Partnership; A strategy for unpaid carers in Angus’ together with the ‘Carers in Partnership Improvement Plan.’  These were developed in collaboration with local carers and their representative organisations. The documents reflect the principles of treating carers as Equal Partners in Care.

On behalf of Angus Health and Social Care Partnership I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks for all the care and support that all unpaid carers provide. You make such a difference to improve the quality of life of the people you care for. I’d like to reassure you that we will continue to do everything we can to highlight the important work that you do and ensure your commitment and dedication continues receive the recognition it deserves.