Herefordshire Carers Rights Day 2014

Over 150 delegates attended this year’s Carers Rights Day event held on Friday November 28th at the GWRSA Club in Hereford.


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With a general election due next year this seemed like the perfect opportunity to invite representatives from the five political parties to come along and answer Carers’ questions. Each representative gave a five minute presentation about their future plans for Carers and then answered questions in an open discussion hosted by Baroness Jill Pitkeathley, Patron of Herefordshire Carers Support.

Luke Clements, Professor of Law at Cardiff University was also a member of the panel.  For those of you wanting information about the Care Act 2014, Luke has produced a very helpful summary which can be found here.



Copies of the presentations received so far can be found here:

Anna Conda – Labour

Graham Powell – Conservative

Diana Toynbee – Green Party

Hilary Lewis, GP Link Worker for Herefordshire Carers Support introduced the GP Awards, which are now in their second year.  Mark Waters from Cantilupe and Hampton Dene Surgery was voted the winning G.P for the individual award 2014, Dr Simon Lennane – Alton Street surgery; Dr Andrew Hargreaves – Quay House Surgery;   Dr Ian Tait – Nunwell Surgery and Dr Oliver Penny all received ‘highly commended’ as voted for by Carers.  The Marches Surgery was voted to be the winning practice 2014  with Fownhope Medical Centre; Westfield Surgery and Mortimer Medical Practice picking up ‘highly commended’ for the support, understanding and committment shown to Carers.


For the first time this year we held a school award sponsored by Simtech I.T services .

The awards were introduced to recognise and reward those schools with a real understanding of the needs of Young Carers and who are supporting them to achieve the same results and access the same opportunities as their peers.  The winners were chosen based on nominations from Young Carers themselves and judged through a set of standards which include:

•Young Carers information being provided in a variety of formats – posters on the noticeboards, leaflets available and links to the Young Carers site on the school website.

•Active referral of Young Carers – question asked about caring role and referred on to Herefordshire Young Carers.

•Schools having a policy on Young Carers and a nominated member of staff to take the lead on Young Carers

Jamie Richards from Simtech-IT, who kindly sponsored the prize for the overall winner, helped to present the certificates with Susan Brace, Young Carers Community Link Worker.


Aylestone Business & Enterprise College won a Highly Commended award for their ongoing commitment to recognising and supporting Young Carers.

The Overall Winner was Fairfield High School who were nominated by our Young Carers, with particular mention going to Miss Vicki Harold who “has been there from the start and made my life at school and home better.

Nominations for the 2015 awards will open shortly and we very much hope even more schools will be taking part next year.

The event closed after a presentation of flowers to Baroness Jill Pitkeathley.




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