Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Monday 13th July 11.30am

Carers Partnership Board

The main items on the agenda were an update on the benefits and advice service held at the Carers Centre; monitoring of spending on carers projects and a presentation from Fiona Harris, consultant in Public Health, on Data Information.

 Karen Page from the Sutton Carers Centre spoke about how the benefits and advice service operated through successful partnership working between the Carers Centre, the Citizen’s Advice bureaux and Nonsuch Rotary Club. A Citizens Advice Bureaux worker attended the Carers Centre once a week to review carers’ benefits and finances to ensure that they were claiming everything they were entitled to and provide relevant advice. The Nonsuch Rotary club have been providing a team of volunteers to the Carers Centre for the past nine years to help carers with form filling. This service complements the CAB service.

This partnership had proved to work very well and had resulted in a huge amount of additional benefits or concessions identified for those carers using the service, while the service itself was provided at a very small cost. On behalf of the board I thanked both the Citizens Advice Bureaux and especially the Nonsuch Rotary Club volunteers for the work they have done assisting carers in the borough.

 Information on the various projects for carers being funded by the council were presented to the meeting. Details of the number of carers benefiting from the projects and the cost of the service were included.  It was requested that some decisions be made around reallocation of funds and new funding requests, however it was felt that it was necessary to review all the projects in more depth before such decisions could be made. It was agreed that it would be difficult to do this in a formal meeting so a working group was organised consisting of myself, Ken Fish, Simon Latham, Lorraine Backshall and Jane Stark who would meet to review the spending in more detail and report back to the next board meeting with any recommendations.

 Fiona Harris gave a presentation on data collected to consider projected older people’s needs in Sutton. Discussion followed around the implications of the findings for carers and also what other data it might be useful to collect.

 Rachael MacLeod also advised of the stakeholder reference groups which were being held to discuss Transforming Social Care and carers were encouraged to attend and provide their views. The groups will take place on 9th September 2009, 18th November 2009 and 13th January 2010. All meetings will be held at Civic Offices in meeting room 2 between 3 & 5pm. Carers could just turn up to any of the sessions they preferred and funding is available to cover care to enable carers’ engagement. Contact Rachael at the Carers Centre for more information.

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