On Wednesday 3rd November 2010 a group of carers from Washington met with local councillors and members of the Washington Area Committee to discuss issues affecting them as carers.
The event, which was held at the Millennium Centre, was the first event of its kind to be held in Washington for carers.
It was chaired by Councillor John Kelly, the Chairman of the Washington Area Committee.
Some of the main issues discussed included:
- hospital discharge
- improving access for people with disabilities
Carer, Pauline Dodds said
“I thought this was a unique opportunity to meet with people who are in a position to listen to and carry forward ideas. Most importantly it gave carers a voice.
I think it was generally agreed amongst most of us that lack of information or lack of direction was a main issue. If this can be rectified then it will be of immense value especially to those who find themselves in a caring position.
I thought the credit card sized information card was an excellent idea.
It was also a good forum for information sharing and I for one found this of benefit.”
Click here to read the notes from the event