Carers - a chance to be heard

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News release: 02 March 2010

St Albans Local Strategic Partnership brings local organisations together to work together. The Partnership is hosting a Listening to Carers Day for unpaid family carers who live in St Albans District. This is the chance for people who look after someone at home who is frail, ill or disabled to meet other people in the same position, to share experiences and to speak up about the issues that are most important to them.

carers, St Albans Local Strategic Partnership

 

The event will be held on Tuesday 23rd March at the offices of St Albans City and Distrcit Council from 10.00am to 2.45pm with a free buffet lunch provided. Local MP, Anne Main, will be opening the event and meeting local carers and Gordon Conochie, Policy and Parliamentary Officer, Princess Royal Trust for Carers will deliver the key note address.

Carers in Hertfordshire will be helping to organise the day, because we want local Carers to have the chance:
• To talk to one another about what is important to them
• To find out information about local services
• To agree what are the most important local issues
• To decide how to take these forward.

Members of the Local Strategic Partnership want to understand how their services can make carers’ lives easier so some of them will be joining the afternoon session to help to agree a local plan of action to address carers’ issues.

Make your voice heard and come to the Listening to Carers Day. To book a place, telephone the West Team on 01442 253344. We can also help with travel expenses and with alternative care costs.

For further information, contact Roma Mills, Carers Involvement Manager, Carers in Herts on 01992 586969.

Notes: 
A Carer is an unpaid family member or friend who regularly looks after someone who needs care because of illness, disability or frailty on a regular basis.  The Carer may live with the person who they care for, perhaps a child or spouse, but this is not necessarily the case as sons and daughters may well be looking after an elderly parent who still lives in their own home.

1 in 8 people have caring responsibilities – probably about 90,000 people in Hertfordshire at present.

Carers in Herts is a voluntary organisation which provides advice, information and support to unpaid Carers and which also supports Carers’ involvement in the planning of services.