- January 15, 2019
- Posted by: Jenna Jack
- Categories: Carers, People Plus
PeoplePlus and Gloucestershire Young Carers have been appointed to provide support for adults and young people in the county who care for their loved ones.
More than one in ten people care for a family member or friend across the country. Following a fair, open and transparent tender process, and extensive engagement with carers in the county, the contracts – worth more than £10 million over a five year period – were awarded to PeoplePlus for adult carers and Gloucestershire Young Carers for support to young people.
PeoplePlus and Gloucestershire Young Carers will work closely with Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a wide range of partners to empower carers in Gloucestershire and support them to continue caring for as long as they choose. The providers will also meet the council’s statutory duties to carers, including promoting their own wellbeing, building and maintaining resilience and avoiding crisis.
The contract for services for adult carers was awarded to PeoplePlus as a new provider to the county. We have successfully delivered key elements of the service specification elsewhere in the UK and will bring the skills and experience we have gained, nationally, to Gloucestershire. We have a strong track record in using technology effectively to reach and empower carers and have long-standing links with leading employers. By placing a strong emphasis on listening to carers’ voices and working closely with them, we will bring a wealth of innovative ideas to the county.
Gloucestershire Young Carers have worked in the county for many years to protect young carers from excessive or inappropriate caring and support them to thrive as children, young people and adults. They continue to work hard to reach young carers and young adult carers as early as possible so they can have the same education, health and wellbeing and life chances as others. Their wealth of experience and track record in partnership working, together with a strong vision for young carers were key to their successful bid.
Cllr Roger Wilson, cabinet member for adult social care commissioning, said: “Our carers work so hard to support their loved ones, so it’s only right that they get the support they have told us they want and need. We want to be innovative in the way we support carers, move with the times and continually improve the service we deliver – we are truly satisfied that PeoplePlus and Young Carers Gloucestershire are the right organisations for the job and we are delighted to have offered them the contract. I look forward to seeing what the next five years bring for our county’s carers.”
Mary Hutton, ICS Lead and Accountable Officer for the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “As an Integrated care system we are already working closely with carers to ensure their voices are heard and that they are empowered and supported in their caring roles, whilst also having a life outside of caring. I have personally pledged to make carers a high priority for Gloucestershire and to help establish a new Carers Partnership Board. I look forward to working directly with carers, partners and providers to help move this work forwards”.
Sally Bond, Director for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at PeoplePlus said: “The challenges facing those who provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend often go unseen. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council, the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and other partners to assist carers across the county through the delivery of these important and highly valued support services.”
More information on our Carers’ Hub in Stoke and Staffordshire can be found here