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Norfolk County Council puts in bid for £4.1 million

Norfolk County Council puts in bid for £4.1 million

Published by Grace Mcgachy
6:43am 19th December 2019. (Updated at 8:45am 19th December 2019)

Norfolk County Council has put a bid in to receive £4.1 million.

It's from the government's Life Chances Fund to improve the lives of unpaid carers. 

If successful it will help support the 99,000 informal carers living in our county. 



If the bid is successful the money will be used to increase support for Norfolk’s unpaid carers in partnership with social investor, Bridges Outcome Partnerships (BOP) who will begin to deliver the new five-year service in September 2020.

Councillor Bill Borrett, cabinet member, for adult social care, public health and prevention, said:

“This bid is a direct result of the County Council’s Carers’ Charter which was launched a year ago to deliver action to strengthen support for carers.  

In Norfolk, we estimate there are 99,000 informal carers, and our ambition is to reach out to more of those who might need some support and will also help those they care for.

This funding together with our existing funding will protect carers support services for the next five years, a demonstration of the Council’s high level of commitment to tackle something we have identified as a high priority.”



Alan Hopley, Voluntary Norfolk’s chief executive officer said:

“Additional funding to help unpaid carers is very much welcome and will provide more effective support through new ways of working.  

We don’t want people to fall into crisis, so reaching people sooner is essential and that means a more joined up approach is needed.

Carers have told us that processes are not always straight-forward, especially when it comes to assessments or accessing planned breaks.  

Working in partnership with Bridges Outcomes Partnership, gives us a fantastic opportunity to take a look at how we deliver support and provide better outcomes for the carers of Norfolk.”

Sharon Brooks, chair of Carers Voice, Norfolk and Waveney said:

“Norfolk County Council has been in discussion with the voluntary sector and other providers supporting carers, including Carers Matter Norfolk, about this new approach.

It will be essential to its success that our partners help shape and guide the direction of this transformation, and that carers themselves co-produce the future design of services.”

The outcome of the submission will be announced by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in March 2020.

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