Carers Rights Day 2015

DSC00322Carers Rights Day 2015

Carers Rights Day this year was attended by 130 people, over 80 of whom were Carers with the others being people working with Carers.

The event was hosted by our Patron Baroness Jill Pitkeathley who gave an overview of the work she does on behalf of Carers in the House of Lords.

There was a showing of some film clips originally shown at the Hay festival which charted the history of the Carers movement, they also contain some interviews with Carers who talk about the challenges that they face in carrying out their caring roles. For the link to the films please go to: www.carersandhumanrights.wordpress.com (There are menu headings which take you to various groupings of videos.)

(Left to right) Martin Samuels, Director of Adults and Wellbeing, Janet Fellows, Chair of Trustees and Baroness Jill Pitkeathley

(Left to right) Martin Samuels, Director of Adults and Wellbeing, Janet Fellows, Chair of Trustees and Baroness Jill Pitkeathley

Martin Samuels the new Director of Adults and Wellbeing in Herefordshire Council introduced himself and outlined the future relationship of the state with Social Care and the role that the local Authority will have in developing that.

We were also joined by Jesse Norman MP which gave the audience an opportunity to ask questions about the policy implications of recent government announcements particularly on welfare reforms.

The day was completed by the Carers awards for the best GP Practice and GP and the Young Carers award for Schools and School staff.

‘Click here’ to view a summary report of the days events.

Special thanks go to Green Cow Kitchens for sponsoring the GP awards and IBM for sponsoring the Young Carers School awards.

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