£500,000 cash boost to transform support for carers in North Lincolnshire

People, Health and Care
13:45, Tuesday, 12th March 2024

North Lincolnshire Council has launched its search for an innovative partner to deliver best in class provision to support the area’s 19,000 carers.

The successful partner will be responsible for driving forward the council’s ambitious vision of an enhanced and improved package of support to local carers.

Under the plans, the early identification of carers would be stepped up, enabling them to access vital support as quickly as possible, with a particular focus placed on reaching young adult carers, aged 16 to 25.

The new service will follow the council’s community first approach, with improved support available at the right time, in the right place, both online, and at the network of community hubs across North Lincolnshire.

Cllr Richard Hannigan, deputy leader – adults, health, families and communities, said: “Carers perform a vital service in our communities, selflessly taking on what can be a challenging role to support a loved one.

“They are an inspiration and deserve the very best support. That’s why we’ve worked closely with local carers to develop the framework for this new and improved service, which will enable even more carers to access the support they need as conveniently as possible in the heart of their community.

“My message to North Lincolnshire’s carers, both the 19,000 we are already supporting and the many more who are quietly caring for their loved one’s day in day out, is that you are not alone. We are committed to supporting you to stay well and healthy in your role, ensuring you have access to the support you need.”

The new service will be expanded, meaning carers, family members and those living with dementia will be able to access specialist support as part of a new, integrated Dementia Advisory service.

As part of this, carers will have the opportunity to take time out at dementia cafes, as the council recognises the benefits of talking with fellow carers who are experiencing a similar journey.

Support for carers forms a key part of the council’s strategy to enable residents to live their best life, independently in their own homes, families, jobs and communities, where they feel the most comfortable.

Last year the Care Quality Commission backed the strategy as the right approach, as inspectors said the work to reduce the need for long term care and promoting people’s independence and support in the community meant that 93 per cent of people who had received short term care and support no longer required support – this was above the national average.