A Few Words from the CEO
Action for Family Carers will be 25 years old next year! In fact we started work in the late 1980s but it was in 1990 that we registered as a charity – as Maldon Carers Centre. Since then the charity has grown so that we are now in touch with over 4000 Carers and we currently work across 7 Districts. Yet support for Carers in Essex is still patchier in nature than in any other county in England. Why should Carers in one part of Essex not have access to the same high quality support as others? We believe they should and we are working hard to make that happen, including through partnership with other organisations such as Caring for Harlow Carers. We are also busy making plans to mark our 25th anniversary – watch this space!
Carers Rights Day takes place on 28th November and this year the theme is ‘Looking after someone? Know your rights’ with a focus on:
• Making carers aware of their rights. Did you know there are more than 180,000 unpaid Carers in Essex? Many struggle to navigate the maze of services and entitlements, and miss out on financial and practical support.
• Letting carers know where to get help and support. We want every Carer in Essex to know where to turn for high quality advice, information and support.
• Carers Rights Day raises awareness of the needs of carers with the public, decision makers and professionals, helping us realise our vision of a community that respects, values and supports carers. So, we are holding a conference on Carers and The Care Act at County Hall to highlight the implications for Carers in Essex with commissioners and providers.
We are holding our next Carers Forum from 11am on 1st December at West Maldon Community Centre in Maldon – an opportunity for Carers living in Maldon District to tell us what they think of the services we currently provide and what they would like to see in place in the future. I will attend along with a member of our Board of Trustees.
If you are interested in attending please contact Jenny Goodson on 01621 851 640.
Thank you for reading our newsletter. I hope you will have noticed that for the first time we have produced 4 editions – one for each season – so our next edition will be published in the Spring. In the meantime, best wishes for a warm Winter and a peaceful Christmas!
James Clarke, Chief Executive Officer
BEING A TRUSTEE
I have just been elected as a Trustee so I am new to the role but know what is expected of me after attending and passing a “Trustee Essentials” training course and portfolio submission earlier this year. I was first invited some 2 years ago after giving a short presentation of my Carers’ role at the AGM but my wife’s health precluded it at that time.
I took early retirement in 2004 from Ford Motor Company, after 34 years service, in order to care for my wife who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoarthritis and multiple other ailments. Like most patients in our age groups, ailments only seem to accumulate and the caring role does not get any easier!
In business, I was a chemist, responsible for laboratories in Dagenham and Cologne and for Ford paint materials in sixteen different countries. I worked for 2 years in Detroit and spent my final years, helping set up new plants in Russia, Turkey, India and China.
After retirement, I wanted to contribute to the local community and became a school governor for eight years during which time I chaired multiple sub-committees and carried responsibility for Child Protection.
My wife’s increasing infirmity, prompted my involvement in the NHS support for carers. I sit on our GP surgery Patient Participation Group and represent them to the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and Healthwatch Essex.
A Londoner by birth, I have lived in the Chelmsford area since 1968 and joined AFFC in Chelmsford 3 years ago and was pleasantly surprised to find there were many others with the same responsibilities and problems. I try to pass on tips and information about Carers’ entitlements to other Carers who are perhaps not so vociferous or computer literate!
The vacancy of Lead Trustee for Carers Engagement was highlighted at a Carers’ Forum with the suggestion and support of attendees that I should apply. I look forward to the new challenge of representing Carers’ views and ambitions.
Do you need respite care?
We can offer Carers in Maldon and Chelmsford a few hours break by looking after your cared-for in our day centre or one of our outreach venues.
Trained Care Assistants are available to provide a variety of activities and a Carer Support Worker can offer support to Carers.
Brickhouse Farm, Poulton Close, Maldon. CM9 6NG.
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 10.00am – 3.00pm.
Lunch will be provided and transport is available if required.
Burnham on Crouch
Carnival Hall, Arcadia Road, Burnham on Crouch, Essex CM0 8BS.
For adults, every Thursday, 10.00am - 2.30pm.
Lunch will be provided.
The Parish Rooms, Church Street, Tollesbury CM9 8QJ.
For adults, every Friday, 10.00am – 2.30pm.
Lunch will be provided.
Great Baddow, Chelmsford
Meadgate Church Centre, 162A Meadgate Avenue, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 7LJ.
For adults, every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 11.00am – 2.30pm.
St Augustines Church Hall, Beardsley Drive, North Springfield, Chelmsford CM1 6DQ.
For adults, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of month, 11.00am – 2.30pm.
Harrison Court, Greys Close, West Mersea CO5 8QR.
For adults, every Thursday, 10.15am – 2.30pm.
Lunch will be provided.
If you would like any more information please contact Jayne or Liz who will be happy to be of assistance.
Our phone number is 01621 851640.
Office hours Monday – Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm