New and Improved Carers Service in Oxfordshire

Carers Oxfordshire, the service for all unpaid adult carers in Oxfordshire, is excited to announce major improvements as the contract is renewed.

Action for Carers Oxfordshire and Rethink Mental Illness have once again won the contract to deliver the Carers Oxfordshire service from Health and Social Care. They will be continuing to provide all the same excellent support that local carers have come to expect from Carers Oxfordshire along with some crucial improvements to the service.

“It used to be that people would have to go to the council to continue the process of accessing the support that they were entitled to after being referred to us,”. “Carers told me they were often disheartened and that it was clunky and time consuming for carers, who already have so much on their plate. 

“But I’m pleased to announce that from April 1st Carers Oxfordshire now have the responsibility for the entire support process, meaning that we will be able to provide a more personalised service, focused on support that’s right for the carer. We know that this will result in real tangible improvement for carers looking for the support they need.”

Another key change is that Carers Oxfordshire is now able to give support to parent carers, those who are aged 18 and over and care for a disabled child or young person. And the service can now offer their bespoke and award-winning training package, A Carers Journey which gives all carers that practical help when they need it.

For over ten years, carers have been reaching out to Carers Oxfordshire for advice, information and for a reliable partner on their caring journey.  You can expect the same committed and compassionate support across Oxfordshire, with some extra features. 

Whether you’re taking on a caring role for the first time, or have many years’ experience, you can rely on us as you figure out your path. 

We will support you to find ways to care for yourself as you care for another – whatever that looks like for you.

Preventing Gaps in Support

“As we slowly ease out of lockdown, there is a lot of apprehension from carers, many of whom are caring for people on the clinically extremely vulnerable list”. “And it is scary, especially when there is so much uncertainty around dates, new strains and just what this ‘new normal’ will look like. But by continuing to deliver the service we have ensured that there won’t be any gaps in support for carers at this difficult time.

“We also want to reassure carers that we understand their apprehension, but we are here to support them every step of the way for as long as they need us.”

Kay Francis, Head of Service for Carers Oxfordshire.   

Want to get involved?

You can get involved with Carers Oxfordshire, if you have some time to spare then volunteering as a befriender might be of interest.

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