Oxfordshire Carers' Strategy - 2017 to 2020

Giving carers effective support and opportunities.

At some point in our lives, many of us will care for a relative, friend or neighbour who needs support in their daily lives.

We may see ourselves as someone who is just ‘doing what you would naturally do’ by looking after a relative or friend - but if the person you care for couldn’t cope without you and you aren't getting paid for what you are doing, then we would consider you to be a carer.

At the time of the last Census in 2011, over 61,000 people in Oxfordshire said they provided some level of informal care to a relative or friend - you may be one of them.

Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group work in partnership with other organisations to identify and support many family, informal or unpaid carers in Oxfordshire.

We do this because we recognise and value the important role that carers have in the lives of the more vulnerable members of our communities.

This strategy sets out our commitment to carers and describes how Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group will support carers of all ages in the period 2017 - 2020.

Our joint vision

Carers will be recognised as partners by health and social care services and will be enabled to access the services and opportunities that they need to support them in their caring role as well as to have a life of their own