I have been actively involved as a Trustee with Richmond Carers Centre for the last nine years. I have extensive experience of both the clinical side of caring and hands on understanding of being a full time carer; a role that meant I had to give up my career as a Senior Radiographer and generally my life altogether.
Recognising carer needs issues, I am a member of a User and Carers group, a Carers Forum and a Dementia Support organisation. I am also a member of the local Health Watch and a trainer with an Expert Patient Programme. I am a long-term volunteer supporting local blind and deaf adults and this experience has also given me a deeper insight into their special needs. Locally, we have established a Culture Club for carers; I facilitate events which focus on the social needs of carers to enable the carers to enjoy some leisure time outside their caring role.
The subject of dementia care is very close to my heart and highlighting the real but sometimes invisible needs is critical for planning future care models.