With April upon us, we’re just one month away from a General Election where no one knows what the outcome will be. Seven million reasons to care, which refers to the number of unpaid carers in the UK. Over 6 million of the UK’s unpaid carers are aged 18 and over — with that huge number of people — political parties should be falling over themselves to pick up the carer vote.
The General Election is likely to be dominated by health and social care, the Care Act 2014 for the first time puts carers on an equal footing to the people they care for; but without the money to implement it, what’s good on paper won’t happen in practice.
10 key priorities for carers – #thinkcarer2015
1. Government needs to commit more funding to social care
2. Give carers a break
3. No charging for carers
4. Carers of people with dementia must be properly supported
5. Carers of people with mental health problems must be identified as key partners
6. Young carers must be identified and supported
7. No cliff edge in support for young adult c
8. A duty on the NHS to identify carers
9. Quality care and support for all carers
10. Health and care services need to be better co-ordinated to deliver for carers
Martin Cater, our Young Carers Support Worker, will be running in the Virgin Money London Marathon on 26 April 2015, raising vital funds for Young Carers.
The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the great British sporting events, combining elite athletics, mass participation and record-breaking fundraising in one race. The course is a gruelling 26 miles 385 yards long, passing through the streets of London from Blackheath to the famous finish line at The Mall.
This is Martin’s first marathon, so we need to give him all the support we possible could, before and after the race.
As a Young Carers Support Worker, I help to support young people between the ages of 5 and 18 who have a caring role. These young people are often unable to have the same experiences as other children their own age. Their caring role means that they take on extra responsibilities at home and are exposed to complex situations that far exceed that of an ‘average’ child.
The money you donate will go towards activities for young and adult carers; these aim to give respite from daily caring responsibilities (even if it’s just for an hour) and the chance to socialise with others who understand what it means to be a carer.
All donations will be really appreciated (and any invitations for a massage accepted!) as I try to reach this obscene target of running 26 miles.
Oh and one more thing, I’ll be running the marathon in Lederhosen…
Please donate on Martin’s page:
Volunteering with Hillingdon Carers
Hillingdon Carers is a local charity supporting people who look after relatives and friends with special needs, disabilities or long-term illness in the London Borough of Hillingdon
The benefits of volunteering:
- Enjoy being part of a thriving, friendly organisation
- Personal satisfaction, achievement and enjoyment
- Gaining skills and valuable experience plus receiving relevant support and training
- Occupying time in a meaningful and constructive way
- Be paid for travelling expenses
Volunteers at Hillingdon Carers are treated in the same respectful and courteous manner as paid members of staff. We hope that this will be a positive and rewarding experience bringing with it, its own challenges.
We allow our volunteers to develop their existing skills and acquire new ones for their own personal or academic development and enjoyment.
Trustees – Board of Directors
We have a strong, skilled team of staff working from our Uxbridge High Street offices. We are looking for new
Trustees and a Vice Chair
to join our eight-strong governing body, the Board of Trustees.
We need people who can help Hillingdon Carers to strengthen its market position and contribute to the effective governance of a growing organisation. You would need to be able to devote the necessary time and have strategic vision, independent judgement and an ability to think creatively. We are particularly interested to talk to people who have skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Marketing and communications
- Information technology
- Strategic planning and organizational development
Knowledge of the current health and social care economy would be advantageous but is not essential.
We pay travel and out-of-pocket expenses and new trustees will receive a full induction. Trustees can also access a small training budget by agreement with the Finance Committee.
For an informal discussion about this role contact Sally Chandler, Chief Executive on 01895 811206. Please call our office and ask for an application pack to be sent.
Assistant Information Technician
Information Technology has fundamentally changed both the way that we live our lives and the way in which business is conducted. IT plays an integral role in all industries, and therefore provides an interesting and rewarding career with a progression of opportunities.
- An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to work with the Carers Information Coordinator on our Social Media sites.
- The suitable volunteer will need to be a flexible team worker, who is able to monitor and deliver a high quality service.
- Good computer skills in packages such as MS office and WordPress will be important, along with excellent communication skills, stamina and a positive attitude towards training and personal development.
- Some experience of computer technology would be preferable
- Given the opportunity to receive FREE training to update CV
- Travel expenses will be reimbursed
- Receive regular supervision from our internal Volunteer Manager
Carers Cafe Helpers
We need people who are committed to helping once a month at our Carers Cafes in Northwood, Harefield, Uxbridge and Hayes.
Your duties would be
- Help preparing, meet and greet carers as they come in.
- Serving refreshments.
- Keep the kitchen clean/tidy.
- Joining in with activities
- Clearing up afterwards
- Travel expenses will be reimbursed
If you have a few hours spare and would like to volunteer, please contact the office on 01895 811206 or pop into our Information & Advice Centre. where you can pick up a Volunteers pack.