Carer representation opportunities

15th February 2024

The Direct Payments Committee and the Carers Partnership Group are looking for carer representatives.

The carers involved will be reimbursed for their involvement.


1 – Direct Payments Partnership Steering Committee: Representing carers who draw on support and care

Surey County Council are establishing a Partnership Steering Committee to oversee the delivery of the ‘One Council’ Direct Payments strategy.  They are keen to have representation from carers who draw on support and care.

The role of the voice representatives on the committee will be to better design the arrangements for supporting the Direct Payments offer, so to improve people’s experience of exercising choice and control, free from the fear of losing funds to cost savings and unnecessary restraints on spend that users spoke of in co-production activity for the development of the strategy.  The Direct Payments user forum whose form and function will be shaped by the reps themselves – in essence it will be to ensure that the user voice reps might feel empowered and more confident about ensuring their voice is heard.

The next (quarterly) meeting of the new Partnership Steering Committee will be in April.

They are looking for 1 carer to join initially and they will be supported to participate and reimbursed for their time.

  1. Carers Partnership Group

The Carers Partnership Group are looking for 6-8 carers to join their meetings.  It will be a virtual meeting, held quarterly for two hours.  The purpose of the group is to hear the carers voice at system level to gain assurance from the programme that commitments are being delivered across the county. The first meeting will take place in March (exact date to be confirmed).

If you are interested, please contact our Luminus colleagues in the Giving Carers a Voice team via