Compassion in our Communities

Family Carers from across Norfolk gather for annual conference

Carers from across Norfolk are gathering in Norwich to discuss issues affecting their lives whilst hearing from prominent speakers including Norman Lamb MP, John Everson – the lead commissioner for Carers in Norfolk,  Sue Whitaker – the Chair of Norfolk County Council ’s Adult Social Care Board and the policy director at the Carers Trust.

Based around the theme ‘Compassion in our Communities’ the annual conference on the 24th September brings together unpaid family carers and professionals to jointly discuss policies and issues.

Hosted by Norfolk Carers Support, carers will also be able to attend a series of workshops designed to build collaboration and identify issues and solutions to the challenges faced by carers.

With contributions from the Carers Council for Norfolk, carers will be able to find out more about the ongoing opportunities available to them to have their views heard.

The latest census data indicates there are 94,000 carers of all ages in Norfolk with this figure rapidly growing (2011 Census).  3:5 Norfolk residents are likely to become a carer at some point in their lives, with the latest statistics indicating there is at least 1 young carer (6-18 year old) in each classroom in Norfolk. Carers represent all sections of society and make up 15% of Norfolk’s workforce.

“There is so much great work and compassion in local neighbourhoods across Norfolk. So much of it goes unrecognised. This conference seeks to help answer how we can better assist carers in their communities especially those not accessing any support” says Tim Allard, Executive Manager at Norfolk Carers Support.

Carers contribute hugely to local health and social care services. With the new legal rights for Carers under the Children and Families Act 2014 and Care Act 2014 now being implemented and with both the Norfolk County Council and the NHS continuing to need to make large financial savings the conference is an opportunity to work through how Carers are affected by these changes.

The event is being held at the Willow Centre, Cringleford, NR4 7JJ between 10am and 1pm and is being opened by the Sheriff of Norwich.