Julie Hocken, our Carer Services Manager and Christopher Wetton, our Chief Executive spent last Wednesday (1st May) at Carers UK’s ‘State of Caring Conference’ where Carers UK launched their State of Caring 2013 research report.
The event was chaired by broadcaster Fiona Phillips, who cared for both her parents, and kicked off with a speech by Rosemary O’Neill, carer and Carers UK volunteer.
Other keynote speakers included Helena Herklots (Chief Executive, Carers UK), Ben Page (Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI) and Norman Lamb MP (Minister for Care and Support).
We know that the UK is facing a growing care crisis and that this means the way we currently organise care and support for families is not sustainable.
Some of the key messages from the Carers UK State of Caring 2013 research report:
This excellent conference brought together leading policy makers, researchers, practitioners, employers and industry experts and generated enormous discussion around solutions for the future, particularly in relation to questions such as;
To read the Carers UK report in full, follow this link: http://www.carersuk.org/professionals/resources/research-library/item/3090-the-state-of-caring-2013
Essex Multiple Sclerosis conference - hosted by Colchester & District MS Society.
On Sunday 21st April 2013 Ryan from our team here at Essex Carers’ Support attended an event held by the Colchester and District MS Society called “Never alone with MS”. It was held at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, (home to Colchester United!). It was a very successful event taking in people with a connection to Multiple Sclerosis from all over Essex. There were well over 150 people present!
Throughout the day we made direct contact with over forty carers, most from Colchester, but we also met carers who had come from all over Essex and beyond. We let people know about the services we provide and the support that is available to carers across the whole of Essex.
It was a great day, with some very inspiring speakers and guests. We heard from Mo Sharief consultant Neurologist at Colchester Hospital University Trust about the use of disease modifying therapies and what treatments may be on offer in the future for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Most interestingly, there was a speaker by the name of Dr Nic Hughes who works in the Department of Primary Health Care at the University of Oxford, who gave a presentation on research carried out amongst relatives and friends of people with Multiple Sclerosis (carers by another name!). His research was titled “Connected to a wider world?” and was all about families and friends being the building blocks for success to a real life for someone with MS. The research and the project was all about building capacity and networks within families, friends, and the communities around the person with MS to enable people to know where to turn to for help and support when they need it.
We made sure that the carers we spoke to on the day knew that we were there to help if they needed and they knew how to get in touch with us when they did. We let them know about the range of help on offer, whether that’s helping a carer map out the resources available in their community, signposting them to health or social care services, or speaking up for carers with the local NHS.
It was a pleasure to be part of such a positive and informative event.
George Hurd Centre, Audley Way,
Basildon, SS14 2FL
Held on the LAST Tuesday of every month
10.00am – 12.00noon
Come along and join our staff, other carers and trained volunteers for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat. Our staff can help you with information and advice about all issues affecting carers including benefits, respite breaks, support services and social care assessments. We can also provide emotional support, allowing carers the opportunity to talk through their concerns either with staff or other carers who understand their situation.
Sorry No Drop-in December
The Essex Carers Network are pleased to be hosting some Information Sessions on:
The “Mental Capacity Act”
these sessions are for families and friends of people with learning disabilities
Robina Mallett Manager of HFT’s National Family Carer Support Service ( Robina is a family carer too!) will be facilitating the sessions.
Robina will be coming to Essex to talk about how the Mental Capacity Act affects families and those they care about. The meeting will be an opportunity to share information, discuss how to use the Act and receive the (free) pack they have produced jointly with the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities and the National Family Carer Network called “Using the Mental Capacity Act: a resource for families and friends of people with learning disabilities” which includes a DVD of families and practitioners sharing their experiences and talking about best use of the Act.
The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) provides a framework to empower and protect people who may lack capacity to make some decisions for themselves. The Act makes clear who can take decisions in which situations, and how they should go about this. Anyone who works with or cares for an adult who lacks capacity must comply with the MCA when making decisions or acting for that person.
WHEN: Monday 28th January 2013
WHERE:: Salvation Army Citadel, 70 Baddow Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0DL and at Moulsham Mill (for the evening session)
Please note this first session will have a specific focus on transition, moving to adulthood.
The 3rd session will take place at Moulsham Mill, Parkway, Chelmsford, CM2 7PX.
please note places for the evening session are very limited, unfortunately this is not an accessible venue, for those with mobility needs we advise attending the daytime sessions as the Salvation Army Citadel is an accessible venue.
To Book Your FREE place:
tel: 07906 143571
Places are limited so don’t delay book today!
Essex Carers Suport Basildon information, advice and guidance drop in.
We are at the Basildon Centre today (17/12/12) with information on carers rights, benefits, Carers assessments, carers emergency plans, Carers advocacy, respite breaks and lots of other information we hope will be useful to Carers in the Basildon locality.
Pop along and see us today… Or keep your eye on the website for future dates for Basildon carer support groups, clinics and drop in sessions.