One of the main themes from 2016 was our work with carers’ organisations. In previous years we’ve written consultation and evaluation toolkits, helped put together a national eligibility framework and worked with many different national and local carers’ groups.
But the profile (and pressure!) was higher than ever in 2016, as we helped to plan, run and facilitate four very special pieces of work.
We worked with the Coalition of Carers in Scotland to facilitate a network of carer representatives from across Scotland. The Carer Collaborative aims to make recommendations and provide straightforward suggestions for improving carer representation on Integrated Joint Boards (IJBs). The report will be available to download soon.
Anyone who was there will tell you that this event was one of the highlights of the year. We were very proud to be involved both as a sponsor and as a keynote speaker. Our workshop with Shared Care Scotland and ARCH (USA) gave an international perspective on the new sustainability resource for Short Breaks. After three days of intense, imaginative and inspiring inputs, we had the daunting but enjoyable challenge of facilitating creative conversations between 300+ international delegates! All in all, a fantastic experience we won’t ever forget.
Like the ISBA conference, Graeme had roles in planning and speaking at the event. But the main brief was to prepare and host a number of ‘consultation zone’ activities. The one that carers really took to (and renamed ‘The Model Village’!) was an activity that invited people to create a ‘carer friendly’ community. Participants wrote and drew their suggestions on paper roads, buildings, people and vehicles, leading to lots of new ideas. Our summary of the findings will be included in a fuller event report.
The final ‘big ticket’ carer event of the year for us was planning and running an engagement event for around 60 stakeholders involved in implementing the new Carers’ Act. Like all of the events above, our post-event report will share learning and support further action.