Who are the members of the Carers Partnership Board?
The members of the Board include:
Independent Members – Carers who provide or manage care and support to family members or friends due to age, physical disability, mental ill health or learning disability.
Service provider organisations – the charities that support carers; such as Making Space, Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Pinpoint and Centre 33, as well as the local health and social care champion Healthwatch Cambridgeshire .
Statutory Services – Cambridgeshire County Council’s Service Development Manager for Carers attends, as does a representative of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group. Following a request from the Carers Partnership Board a representative from the County Councils Schools Intervention Service also attends.
What has the Board worked on recently?
Over the last two years the Carers Partnership Board has worked with the County Council on:
- The Carers Strategy 2016 – 2020.
- The commissioning of the Carers Services.
- Raising concerns about the Wheelchair Service with Commissioners and, with Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Pinpoint, researching people’s experience of the wheelchair service.
Why should I become involved in this Board?
Read what some of the Independent Members have to say about why they joined.
“I joined the board to give carers a voice, so those planning and providing support services were better informed of the needs of both carer and the cared for.
Our caring experience provides the ideal opportunity to help influence both professionals and service users, how to shape and provide a more carer friendly and cost effective service.
Knowing you have listened to other carers and the professionals have listened to you, that together you have then made a positive difference that is both affordable and sustainable and fully meets the carers needs.”
Richard Cross – Independent Member
CAIL believes that our Independent Members should not be out of pocket for volunteering and as such reimburse travel expenses and reasonable expenses agreed with the Development Officer.
When are the meetings?
The Board meets every 2 months and meetings last approximately 2 hours. Before each meeting there is a half hour Carers Pre meeting so that Carers can talk about issues that they have been made aware of and would like to raise in the meeting.
Meetings in Papworth are in the afternoon, whilst in Cambridge they are in the morning.
Where does the Board meet?
The Board normally meets in two locations in the county. Currently these are:
- Papworth Village Hall, Ermine St South, Papworth Everard
- Orchard Park Community Centre, Central Avenue, Orchard Park, Cambridge, CB4 2EZ
Both venues have kitchen facilities and modern toilet facilities including accessible toilets. Village Hall has recently been refurbished to a high standard, whilst Orchard Park Community Centre is a modern building. Both have street level access and parking.
How do I find out more information?
Graham Lewis, Development Officer
Phone: 0300 111 2301
To read previous minutes and the Terms of Reference for this Board click here