Carers Network is funded by Westminster City Council and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Council to deliver what’s known as a ‘hub’ service – that’s things like providing advice and information, support groups, carers assessments, grants and events – until May 2017; after that, the councils will commission a new service.
The councils have now set out what they want from that new service, some of you may have been involved in the meetings they had about it last year.
It includes a big emphasis on delivering more carer assessments, providing more advice sessions and identifying new carers.
They are also asking the new service to provide more support for working carers, a part-time telephone advice line and partnerships with local organisations, in particular local employers and GPs.
Carers Network is the only specialist carers’ charity operating in the two boroughs. We love working with and for carers, so we will be bidding to continue working with you.
Bids were invited from 31 December, and we now expect a decision in March 2017.
While we go through this process we’ll continue delivering the current service as usual.
We will keep you all informed about the new service when we hear further information.