We can all play our part in how we care for all our residents of the city, being a good neighbour and looking out for each other especially as the weather gets colder. The strength of community and family networks in Wolverhampton is something we should cherish and protect. In particular, we need to continue to support all our family carers without whom we would be unable to meet the needs of all those who need care. If you are a family, unpaid carer I would encourage you to speak to our Carer Support Team and find out how we and our partners can help you in your much-valued role.

Tim Johnson, Chief Executive, City of Wolverhampton Council

I personally support Wolverhampton Cares and recognise the importance of supporting all our carers who do such a fantastic job in extremely difficult circumstances. We at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust recognise that having a strong, dedicated health and social care workforce, and the vital support of family carers, is essential in ensuring that our health services can function effectively. Hospitals are very busy and likely to get busier over the winter months. Knowing that when our most vulnerable patients are ready to leave hospital we have the carers available to help them to return home safely makes our difficult job easier to carry out and frees up much-needed beds for other patients. We will continue to work with all our partners to ensure that Wolverhampton continues to care. We will build on all the good work that has got us through the Covid-19 pandemic to make sure we can offer our residents the best possible health and care services, every day of the year.

David Loughton, Chief Executive, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

The work by health and care partners in Wolverhampton is to be commended. The Covid-19 lockdowns last year cemented the importance of the care sector for all of us. The importance of the role that they play to the overall health and care system, our communities and to the individuals who they protect and serve, should not be underestimated. “I think it is right that the NHS works together with council partners to ensure the future for these services is a strong and resilient one throughout this winter and beyond.”

Mark Axcell, Interim CEO Designate for the Black Country Integrated Care Board