Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service – Carers Survey Sept 2015
Carers Activities Consultation April – June 2015
The consultation took place between April 2015 – June 2015. 102 questionnaires were completed. The following questions were asked:
What type of activities are you interested in?
|Day Trips (incl theatre)||98|
|Relaxation e.g. Spa Days||87|
|First Aid Courses||4|
|Social Activities e.g. Cinema||38|
|Work Related Training||5|
What time of day can you attend?
|During the day between 9am- 5pm||45|
|During the day between 9am – 3pm||41|
What is your employment status?
|Are you a parent carer||47|
|Do you care for an older person||34|
|Are you looking for work||2|
What is your age?
|Between 18 – 25||4|
|Between 25 – 45||39|
|Between 45 – 65||41|
What do you get from participating in an activity?
|Finding a hobby||39|
|Enabling Physical & Mental Wellbeing||76|
Are you satisfied with the activities provided by the Carers Service?
Other Suggestions included:
More day trips
Evening out occasionally dinner/dance
I gathered from talking to carers and from the questionnaires, that activities which provided respite such as days out and relaxation were more popular, I did speak to men and I gathered that men were not really interested in any activities which we provided. They either attended with their partner or wished not to attend. The majority of people participating in activities are aged between 45 – 65; this reflects the caseload of carers on the data base.
The main reason for carers attending activities is to get respite, build confidence and get information and support.
On the whole carers are satisfied with the level of activities provided. The main disappointment for carers is not being able to get onto activities, however all those surveyed had managed to get onto at least one activity during the last year.