Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Monday 17th November 11.30am

Carers Partnership Board Meeting

The Board needed to decide whether to support a funding bid for an Alzheimers Café project. Debbie Brennan talked about the details and aims of the scheme. Some questions were asked and we learnt that the project would be complementary to the seven-day a week Oakleigh Specialist Dementia Day Care service. Debbie explained how the Café would help sufferers, family members and carers talk about and deal with dementia, with the aim of reducing the stigma attached to the issue.


Paul Burstow, MP for Sutton and Cheam also attended the meeting. Paul had been invited to report back on the National Carers Strategy, having visited the Sutton Carers Centre to consult with carers on the strategy when it was in the process of being drafted. Board members expressed their disappointment that the strategy had failed to address the situation whereby the carers’ allowance ceases once a carer becomes entitled to a pension. Members also advised Paul of other issues affecting carers which he noted and agreed to continue raising in his position as MP.


At a previous meeting Rachael MacLeod, Director of the Sutton Carers Centre, had raised the issue of increasing numbers of parent carers needing to access emergency funding. Rachael had investigated the details of the requests and presented the committee with a report. Most of the cases were poverty related and a discussion of the issues facing parent carers ensued.


It was agreed that the issues facing parent carers and the lack of support for carers of people with mental health issues should be raised with the Sutton Adults Partnership when representatives from our committee speak at the January meeting.


January 1, 2009 - Posted by | Committee Meeting

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