Health and social care in Stockport

2. Stockport carers' charter

To ensure that carers are supported, feel valued and get the recognition they deserve, we and Stockport’s local NHS organisations have worked with Signpost for Carers, Stockport Advocacy and Healthwatch to jointly develop a Stockport carers’ charter.

The charter describes the values, principles and standards that carers have told us are important to them. It guides us, and the organisations we work with, in how we support and work with local people who provide a significant caring role to family members or friends.

We have over 30,000 carers in Stockport, over 2,000 of which are under the age of 18.

Carers told us they wanted:

  • financial security to have a safe and comfortable home
  • support to navigate the world of health and social care
  • a life of their own outside the caring role and assurance in the case of an emergency
  • to be listened to and have their views and opinions respected
  • to be enabled to cope with their caring role, to be supported with difficult situations and manage challenges
  • to be socially connected, to minimise stress and pressures, be active, and be able to achieve personal goals
  • to look after their own health and wellbeing, get enough sleep and some ‘me time’

The charter has been designed to help achieve these aims whilst also raising awareness of, and identifying, people who may be in a caring role.