17 November 2017
Family, Friends & Carers Charter explained
AWP is pleased to announce the publication of a new
booklet written for carers by carers of people using our mental
Caring for someone who has a mental health condition can be
challenging, time-consuming, exhausting, emotional and - if
recovery is in sight - rewarding. But when the focus is on the
person experiencing mental distress, the needs, rights and
contributions of carers often get overlooked. It's easy for carers
to feel isolated and overwhelmed - but support is available.
The launch of the Family, Friends & Carers Charter
explained booklet is timed to coincide with this week's
Carers Rights Day. Written by carers group KS2Bath, it is
designed to complement the Trusts Family, Friends & Carers
Charter, which sets out AWP's commitment to empowering carers
and strengthening the Trust's relationships with families and
friends of service users.
Mary, a carer who helped write the booklet, and our own Simon
Stacey, Alder Unit Manager, popped in to BBC Radio Bristol at 9.45am on
Saturday morning to discuss the booklet and the importance of
support for carers.
AWP chief executive Dr Hayley Richards said: "Carers are
incredibly important. As well as giving emotional and practical
support day-to-day, they often provide information and perspectives
to clinicians that are critical to successful treatment. A
carer may also be the key to successful engagement between service
users and clinical services. But the pressures on carers are
considerable and this can affect their own health and
"This new booklet will help carers to understand their rights,
the support and help they are entitled to and how to access it -
and the ways in which AWP is committed to supporting them.
"My sincere thanks go to all the carers who helped write the
booklet - which makes our Charter more meaningful and accessible to
carers. The booklet will also help our staff across AWP to better
understand how they can involve and support carers."
Charter and the Families, Friends
and Carers Charter explained booklet are both available on the
AWP website and KS2 Bath website
and will be appearing on our wards over the coming week.
Copies of the booklet are also being sent to local carers
forums. To request a printed copy of the Charter or booklet, please