It's Carers Week (8-14 June) - an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year the campaign is focusing on Building Carer Friendly Communities - communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own. There are hundreds of events taking place this week, see the Carers Week website for events near you.
Following the introduction of the Care Act, Staffordshire County Council has a statutory duty to provide its citizens who have a need for care and support, with personalised and tailored information and advice, including access to financial advice independent of the council, and regulated financial advice.
We are now continuing our support to organisations and businesses to achieve acknowledgement of their Dementia Friendly Communities. Areas have included Hednesford, Norton Canes and parts of Cannock. During May, Hednesford successfully became registered as a Dementia Friendly Community. A dementia-Friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported and confident they can contribute to community life.
Update by Garry Jones, Chief Executive, Support Staffordshire
As promised I attended the Staffordshire Health and Wellbeing Board in May as a member of the public and took the opportunity to ask how the sector can be best understood and involved in the Board’s decision making and work.
Support Staffordshire and VAST invite you to take part in a workshop with health commissioners from North Staffordshire and Stoke Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to co-produce a Voluntary & Community Sector Strategy for the CCGs. The workshop is on Monday 8 June 2015 at 2pm at the Dudson Centre, Hanley.
Please book to reserve your place here.
Support Staffordshire is the VCSE representative on the North Staffordshire CCG Patient Congress.
You can find out more about the role of the Patient Congress at the NSCCG AGM on Wednesday 24 June 2015 at 1.30pm - 4.00pm, The Moat House Hotel, Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5BQ.
At the most recent Patient Congress, Diabetes UK North Staffordshire reported alongside fellow Citizens Jury members on the state of Diabetes service in the north of the county. We also heard about plans to develop a primary care strategy.
Its election time and in the national debate Health and Social Care feature right at the top, only pipped by the economy and immigration. What many people don’t know is that Health and Social Care is an almost entirely devolved issue when it comes to delivery with local NHS bodies and local councils holding most of the responsibility. In Staffordshire these bodies sit together at regular meetings of the Staffordshire Health and Wellbeing Board to provide oversight of services in the county. A similar Board meets in Stoke-on-Trent.