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* WHAT IS DEVON CARERS *

Devon Carers provides information, assessment and support for carers living in the Devon County Council area or caring for someone living in the Devon County Council area. We have staff based all across Devon.

Devon Carers is run by six organisations working together to improve the quality of services for carers in Devon, whatever your age, whoever you care for. The six organisations are Westbank, Action East Devon, Exeter CVS, Taw and Torridge CVS, Young Devon and Hikmat.

 

LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES

* CARERS NEEDED TO HELP HEALTH RESEARCHERS DESIGN QUESTIONNAIRE *

Health researchers from Exeter University are designing a questionnaire measuring carer experiences of person-centred co-ordinated care.

Are you: currently caring for a person with a long-standing health condition that cannot presently be cured but can be managed by medication or therapy?

If so, the team want to hear your thoughts and experiences of the care that has been delivered and discuss important questions that should be included in a questionnaire looking at carer experience.

There will be a meeting 1.30pm-4.30pm on Weds 2 August in Room 307 of the Rolle Building, Plymouth

You will receive £25 as a thank you for your time and have reasonable travel costs reimbursed

If you are interested in attending please contact Emma Cockroft at E.J.Cockcroft@exeter.ac.uk or call 01392 722764

This meeting is being organised by PenCLAHRC which is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula.

 

*SOUTH DEVON LOCAL HEROES AWARD - CLOSING DATE 30 JULY*

The Breeze radio station in South Devon has launched its annual ‘Local Heroes’ initiative, which gives local people of South Devon the chance to nominate someone who they think deserves to be recognised in the community.

There are eight categories and the finalists of each category (one of which is 'Carer of the Year' will be invited to attend their exclusive awards ceremony and receive some special recognition.

If you know someone who you think deserves to be nominated you can do so online here  It would be

Nominations close on 30 July.  

 

*NEWS FROM CARERS WEEK 12-18 June 2017*


Thank you to everyone that attended any one of our Carers Week walks or events and helped to make our Carers Week walking challenge a success. 136 people participated across the county and 346,700 steps were recorded which works out to an impressive 170 miles. Several carers have asked for more walking activities and our Peer Support Team are planning to do more of these over the coming year. If you are interested in finding out how our peer support workers could help put you in touch with other like-minded carers please contact the Devon Carers helpline on 03456 434435.

Don't forget that Active Devon leads 115 walks every week across the county. Search for Active Devon's 'Walking for Health' walks at www.walkingfor health.org.uk

Finally a big thank you to those of you that attended the Carers Week service of celebration at Crediton on 17 June organised and led by the manager of our Exeter team, Tim Collins. The service provided an opportunity for carers to come together to acknowledge and reflect on the support they give.

Carers who attended were our most important guests but we were also very grateful for the support of the following:

  • Rt Rev Sarah Mullally - Bishop of Crediton
  • Revd Helen Drever
  • Cllr Ray Radford - Chairman, Devon County Council
  • Cllr Kate Hannon - Deputy Mayor, Exeter City Council
  • Cllr Sue Croft - Deputy Chair, North Devon District Council
  • Cllr Kathy Cuthbert - Chair, South Hams District Council
  • Cllr Tim Golder - Chair, Teignbridge District Council

 

 *WEBSITE IMPROVEMENTS*

We would very much welcome feedback and suggestions for how we can further improve our website. Last year we asked you to suggest changes and, in response to your feedback, we made it easier to find our FAQ and pages specific to particular groups of carers. If you have any feedback you want to give us about our website (or any other aspect of our service) you can put it in our on-line suggestions box here