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Farewell from Sarah

As my time at Carers Network draws to a close I can hardly believe what we have achieved in just three years, and I wanted to share some highlights:

  • Growing: against a backdrop of reduced funding Carers Network now reaches 4,500 carers today and our income has almost doubled. We run expanded council-based services and some unique new projects.
  • Added-value: we work with three (soon to be four) central London boroughs, delivering a high-quality and specialist support for carers – this is a timely reminder of the additional value which charities can bring to public services
  • Doing more for carers: our crowdfunding campaigns, challenge events, donations and our new corporate partnership have transformed our offer to carers. We now support more carers with small grants, projects, courses, trips, events, training and free tickets
  • We get carers’ voices heard – Carers Network connects carers with politicians and we are regularly invited to speak about carers issues, just this week I spoke to LBC radio about unpaid carers leave.

I am confident I am leaving Carers Network in a stable and sustainable position with a fantastic team, healthy finances and funding secured for the next few years. The charity will also have a great new CEO – to be announced very soon!

I have learnt an enormous amount from carers, the Carers Network team and the host of expert local partners the charity works with. So a heartfelt thank you to you all.

I will continue to be a friend to the charity (I’m already signed up as a donor!) and I look forward to the charity’s continued development over the years to come,

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New Plans for Health & Social Care

NHS England has told local NHS Organisations to develop new plans for their local area. These plans are called Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).

Over the past few months Healthwatch Central West London have been speaking to people across the three boroughs to find out how much is known about the STPs.

They have now published these findings, which you can read by going to their website here and choosing the borough you work, live, or study in.

You can also find information in their ‘What, Why and How,’ guide to the Sustainability and Transformation Plans here.

Introduction to Working for Carers Project Workshop for Westminster Carers

The ‘Working for Carers project’ supports carers to move into Employment, Training, Education and Volunteering.

Please come along and find out more about what the programme has to offer and how it can support you on an individual basis.

When: Wednesday 19 July, 10am – 1pm

Where: Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, London, W10 4JL

LUNCH PROVIDED

RSVP by email to wfc@camdencarers.org.uk or call 020 74288950 by Friday 7 July and ask for Sharon, Laurence or Maureen (‘Working for Carers team’)