Our AGM and Annual Event for Carers normally takes place in September.
Almost 130 unpaid carers attended our 2018 Annual Event for Carers in Hatfield. They enjoyed time together away from caring and could find out about health, care and community services that can support them in their caring role.
The theme of the 2018 event was connecting carers to services and support to help ease their caring role, it followed on from the focus of Carers Week in June 2018.
Carers learnt about our work over the last year, including that we had reached an additional 4,063 carers. They could get involved in a series of workshops to share their views or hear about topics of interest to them. Items covered included:
- Carer resilience – tips to help carers cope with stress and challenges related to their caring role;
- What makes good care?
- More about the single Care Plan being developed to use across Hertfordshire health and care services;
- Assistive technology – different services and equipment that can help make caring easier or support the person with care needs;
- Supporting carers with long-term conditions;
- Safeguarding – types of abuse and what happens when there is a safeguarding issue.
Steve Delaney, our Interim Chief Executive, said: “I was pleased to see so many carers and professionals at the event and hope everyone went away with information to support them. We valued the opportunity to obtain carers’ views and experiences about a range of topics that we will review to see if any action is needed. We were pleased to welcome speakers from Carers UK and Hertfordshire County Council to talk about what is happening locally and nationally in health and social care and for carers or the people they look after.”
Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, explained that Carers UK is:
- Campaigning for dedicated employment rights for carers such as paid leave – ideally five to 10 days a year, which is similar to countries like Australia and the
- Calling on the Government to increase Carer’s Allowance by at least £8.50 a week so it is in line with Jobseekers Allowance (with people on means-tested benefits
keeping the difference).
- Looking at training for carers and also NHS staff to better support carers. She said: “If you build carers skills and knowledge you give back more to the community as it enables them to continue caring and reduces their need to turn to health or care services that cost more.”
Iain MacBeath, Hertfordshire County Council’s Director of Adult Care Services, spoke about the work being done to address the funding challenges for social care. He explained the various options that the Government will be consulting on in their upcoming Green Paper – including new insurance schemes and encouraging innovative new housing models.
You can read our latest impact report in our pdf Impact Report 2017 to 2018 (6.50 MB) .
Pictures from the 2018 AGM are below.