Our AGM and Annual Event for Carers normally takes place in September. We were delighted to welcome around 200 unpaid carers and professionals working in the health and social care sectors to our 2016 event on Thursday 29th September 2016.
At the event we took the opportunity to mark our 21st birthday with a celebration cake, which was cut with the help of guest speaker Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, and carer, Brigitte, who has been caring for her son for 21 years.
There was also a timeline display of photographs and stories highlighting our key developments and achievements for visitors to look at plus some textile art created by carers who had attended our Out of the Ordinary Textiles courses.
Carers were able to visit information stands from a range of support organisations to get advice; heard from Heléna and Chris Badger, Hertfordshire County Council’s Operations Director, Older People and Learning Disabilities, about what is happening nationally and locally related to carers.
In the afternoon carers could get involved in a series of workshops to share their views or hear about topics of interest to them. Items covered included:
- Campaigning and getting carers’ issues on the political agenda, for example with candidates in the 2017 Hertfordshire County Council elections;
- Legal planning – wills, trusts and Powers of Attorney led by representatives from Longmores Solicitors;
- An introduction to Hertfordshire County Council’s 0-25 Together Service;
- A discussion about the support for carers in care homes, GP practices, hospitals and the community.
Thank you to the Fielder Centre, Hatfield, for hosting our AGM and Annual Event for Carers 2016.
You can read about our impact over the last 12 months in our pdf Year in Focus Impact report for 2015/16 (4.37 MB) .
The minutes from the 2016 AGM are available to download and view below.