The purpose of the South Tees Carers’ Forum is:
- To help develop a shared vision and promote robust coordinated services to support both adult and young Carers across South Tees
- To facilitate and enable the voice of Carers to feed into the work of the Forum and reflect their views and needs based on co-production principles developed by the forum
- To be a conduit for influencing the development of Carers’ services across all statutory agencies and in partnership with the voluntary and community sector.
‘A Carer is anyone, including children and adults, who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid.’
The South Tees Carers' Forum acts as an advisory body. Our vision is to improve services, support, recognition and outcomes for unpaid Carers of all ages and backgrounds in South Tees.
Members of the Forum include representatives from organisations across the South Tees, including: Middlesbrough Council, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (who together form the South Tees Joint Commissioning Group for Carers Services in South Tees); Carers and those representing Carers; voluntary and community sector organisations and infrastructure organisations (MVDA and RCVDA); public health; primary and acute care; education; business; and housing. Membership of the Forum is flexible and a range of task and finish groups will draw on additional expertise from other organisations on particular strategy themes, as well as on the lived experience of Carers.
Discussions and recommendations from the full Forum and a series of 5 task groups helped develop and inform the South Tees Carers Strategy 2021-26 and Action Plan 2021-22. These were agreed by the Forum in March 2021 and can be downloaded or viewed at the links below.
The Strategy sets out the priorities across the South Tees region for the identification, recognition and support of unpaid carers of all ages and together with the action plan, informs the commissioning of services by the South Tees Joint Commissioning Group and seeks to align wider partnership resources and expertise to meet the needs of Carers. Both the Strategy and Action Plan reflect five themes, which follow the National Action Plan for Carers and take account of national policy and activity, but address the situation and needs in South Tees:
- Services and systems that work for Carers
- Employment and financial well being
- Supporting Young Carers
- Recognising and supporting Carers in the wider community and society
- Building research and evidence to improve outcomes for Carer.
Useful documents to download:
The independent chair for the forum is Declan Baharini. E-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org