Annual Review 2013-14
How we helped carers during the yearâ€Ś
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KCN is committed to engagement of carers in the borough. We have helped to facilitate the Voice of Carers Forum. Views from carers are represented at the Carers Board and other strategic meetings.
This year, KCN secured an additional ÂŁ638k from charitable trusts and the Big Lottery
Our first Annual Carers Conference took place in June 2014. 39 carers were involved in discussions about their priorities for carersâ€™ services. Top priorities are more community care support for the people they care for and access to independent advice and advocacy for carers.
We have developed partnerships with six GP practices to improve the identification of carers, providing outreach advice sessions in each practice.
151 activities were provided by our young carers’ project and these were attended by 1,468 young carers.
Our busiest year ever!
These activities give young carers a much needed break, time to socialise and access to emotional support.
Funding from Cooperative has enabled us to develop a new service for young adult carers aged 16 to 25.
“I must say everything was OUTSTANDING, the staff were lovely and very welcoming. There is nothing I can think of for you to improve.” Parent
“My child has had an amazing time at the activities and has met children who have similar experiences in a caring role” Parent
“The best thing about the YCP is meeting new friends. I don’t think you could do anything better, everything is perfect for me.” Young Carer
“… enjoyed the summer activities and it was nice to see other children like herself. To this day she is still talking about what she did with you.” Parent
This year, services provided by our volunteers have included:
Young carers’ activity support
Adult carers wellbeing support
The Marsh Award recognises carers for their outstanding contribution to volunteering. Nita Patel was the Regional Winner for the Marsh Award for Carers 2014.
Congratulations to Nita!