Carers Rights Day is an annual event which raises awareness of the needs and rights of carers and makes carers aware of where they can get the help and support they are entitled too. This year’s Carers Rights Day is took place on Friday 24th November, with the theme, ‘Make Connections, Get Support’.
Swindon Carers Centre held a Carers Rights Day event to bring carers and local organisations together. The Carers Choir welcomed guests to the day with a wonderful performance.
- A service development and organisational update about Swindon Carers Centre by CEO Susanna Jones and Deputy CEO Fiona Prinzi
- Sue Wald, Director of Adult Services at Swindon Borough Council
- Nicki Millen, Accountable Officer at Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group
- Robert Buckland MP and Justin Tomlinson MP
Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in a workshop activity to ensure their voice influences the new Carers Strategy for Swindon. Carers spoke about key challenges they experience in their caring roles and what would help to make their caring role more manageable. The day ended with lunch and the opportunity to network and talk informally.
A big thank you to everybody who attended the event and took part in the workshop; your feedback and views are so important in influencing local service development, to improve the wellbeing of people with caring responsibilities in and around Swindon and creating a community where carers are recognised, valued and supported.
Thank you also to Giuliano Virgilio and his Nationwide team of volunteers for assisting with the smooth running of the day!
Resources from Swindon Carers Centre Carers Rights Day:
Swindon Carers Centre – Carers Rights Day 2017
Swindon Borough Council – Simpler. Stronger. Social Care
Swindon CCG – Developing Accountable Care in Swindon