Unpaid carers are crucial both to our communities and to the sustainability of health and care in the city. If Leeds is to be the best city in the UK for health and wellbeing then it has to be the best for carers.
The Leeds Commitment to Carers has been co-produced by members of the Leeds Carers Partnership, which includes a significant contribution from carers, to set out what being the best city for carers would look like.
That means being the best at identifying carers, the best at recognising and valuing the contribution that carers make, the best at reducing the inequalities that carers experience and the best at supporting working carers. The Leeds Commitment to Carers recognises that this responsibility applies to all of us, not just health and care agencies.
Carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age. Anyone can become a carer. The most recent estimates suggest that 1 in 10 people in Leeds are providing unpaid care to a family member or friend who couldn’t manage without their help because of physical or mental ill-health, physical or sensory impairment, learning disability, or substance misuse.
By signing up to the Leeds Commitment to Carers you can take a positive step in making Leeds the best city for carers and will be playing your part in making sure that carers are identified, recognised and supported and truly valued for all they contribute to life in our city.