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Southend Carers Forum. Progress Report to the Community Services Scrutiny Committee 18th January 2007. Who is a Carer?. A Carer is a person whose life is restricted through choosing to look after a relative or friend who is physically or mentally ill – or simply frail.

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southend carers forum

Southend Carers Forum

Progress Report

to the

Community Services Scrutiny Committee

18th January 2007

who is a carer
Who is a Carer?

A Carer is a person whose life is restricted through choosing to look after a relative or friend who is physically or mentally ill – or simply frail.

background information
Background Information
  • Late 1990s - SAVS identified a gap in the local Voluntary Sector market
  • 1999 - Southend Carers Forum launched
  • Supported by Southend B C and the NHS
  • Registered charity
  • Limited company by guarantee
directors trustees
Directors/Trustees
  • 10 Directors/Trustees
  • All are either currently active Carers or ex-Carers
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15,973 Carers provide:
  • 17.7 million hours of care in a year
  • £177 million @ £10 per hour
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3,229 Carersprovide over 50 hours of care a week
  • 20% of Carers
  • £92 million or 52%of the worth of care
roles of southend carers forum
Roles of Southend Carers’ Forum
  • Provide support for Carers
  • Ears of Carers
  • Voice of Carers
support groups
Support Groups
  • The SAVS Centre
  • Leigh - St Michael’s Baptist Church
  • Shoeburyness - Salvation Army Centre
  • Grosvenor Hotel - Alzheimer’s/Dementia
  • Westcliff-on-Sea - Trinity Family Centre
  • Eastwood - St David’s Church
  • The Saves Centre - Beyond Caring
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Support Groups
  • 7 Support Groups meetings a month
  • 72 Support Group meetings a year
  • Lunch/buffet provided at all meetings
information meetings at the savs centre
Information Meetingsat the SAVS Centre
  • Continuing Care
  • Entitlements and Benefits
  • Legal Issues
  • Stress
  • Mental Health
  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia
  • Etc..
carers week
Carers’ Week
  • Southend Carers Forum - 6 events
  • 12 events provided by other organisation - Southend Carers Forum assisted with the management
helpline telephone calls28
Helpline Telephone calls
  • January 102
  • February 106
  • March 105
  • April 126
  • May 191
  • June 174
  • July 175
  • August 140
  • September 133
  • October 159
  • November 156
  • December 126
helpline telephone calls29
Helpline Telephone calls
  • January 102
  • February 106
  • March 105
  • April 126
  • May 191
  • June 174
  • July 175
  • August 140
  • September 133
  • October 159
  • November 156
  • December 126

1,693 calls in year

helpline telephone calls30
Helpline Telephone calls
  • January 102
  • February 106
  • March 105
  • April 126
  • May 191
  • June 174
  • July 175
  • August 140
  • September 133
  • October 159
  • November 156
  • December 126

1,693 calls in year

141 calls a month

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Roles of Southend Carers’ Forum
  • Provide support for Carers
  • Ears of Carers
  • Voice of Carers
ears of carers
Ears of Carers
  • This is all about understanding the issues, problems and concerns of Carers
    • Support Group meetings
    • Surveys
    • Enquiries
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Roles of Southend Carers’ Forum
  • Provide support for Carers
  • Ears of Carers
  • Voice of Carers
voice of carers
Voice of Carers
  • We take every opportunity to:
    • Represent Carers
    • Speak on behalf of Carers
  • So that statutory authorities and the voluntary sector are aware of the issues facing Carers
issues facing carers
Issues facing Carers

There is great scope to improve:

  • Information for Carers
  • Support for Carers
  • Care for Carers
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Southend Carers’ Forum

We care about Carers

Carers’ Survey 2005

Sample - 296 : 37%

how would you rate the quality of the advice and information provided by the forum
How would you rate the quality of the advice and information provided by the Forum?
how would you rate the quality of the advice and information provided by the forum41
How would you rate the quality of the advice and information provided by the Forum?
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How would you rate the quality of the advice and information provided by the Forum?

86%

we have established a community
We have established a community...
  • Reduced social exclusion
  • Opportunity to unburden worries, problems, concerns - even grief
  • Helped Carers to address problems
  • Advised Carers on their rights and entitlements
  • Enabled Carers to understand the medical issues better
  • We have created happiness
it takes time
It takes time...
  • To establish a network of Carers
  • To establish a network of support groups
  • To win the respect and confidence of Carers
  • We want to continue and develop our services for Carers
  • We want to help and support more Carers
  • We need your support
we have a vision
We have

a

vision

thurrock carers centre
Thurrock Carers’ Centre
  • Dedicated Carers’ Centre
  • 10/12 staff
  • Open 7 days a week
  • Provides a comprehensive range of services
  • Provides instant assessments for Carers
  • Runs 2/3 houses for respite
  • £1,000,000 budget
  • £250,000 - Carers Grant
proposal
Proposal

Southend Carers Forum would like to propose a joint project with Southend BC to examine the Thurrock Carers Centre - with the view setting up a Southend Carers Centre

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