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Charities can ease the burden on healthcare

Organisations close to their communities can often respond to needs in a more targeted way, find solutions and co-ordinate services

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Mayfair Community Centre co-ordinates a package of support and care based within the community for people with long-term conditions. Photograph: Burger/Phanie/Rex

The drive to open up public services to competition has proved controversial, nowhere more so than in the NHS. Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, wrote to David Cameron earlier this year raising concerns that public sector monopolies could be replaced by “private-sector oligopolies”. Large private sector providers are cornering new markets in public services at the expense of charities and other smaller community-focused organisations. Bubb argued that contracts are too often focused on cost savings rather than “engagement, collaboration and social value”. (more…)

Caring covers egg on cycle spirit

Yorkshire carers

Charitable knitters Louise Flint, Angela Lloyd-Roberts and Lucy Tiffany.

Charitable knitters Louise Flint, Angela Lloyd-Roberts and Lucy Tiffany.

Volunteers for the Carers’ Resource charity, which has offices in Harrogate, Ripon, Shipley and Skipton, have adopted a cycling theme to their annual fundraiser.

The group has teamed up with Cadbury to knit over 1,800 Easter chick covers modelled on the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome for the chocolate giant’s famous Creme Eggs.

The finished Yorkshire Tour souvenirs will be sold at the charity’s offices in the region.

Anne Wells, events and fundraising coordinator for the charity, said: “We hope, like Le Tour, the chicks capture the Yorkshire public’s imagination.”

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East Coast Truckers’ Children’s Convoy

East Coast Truckers’ Children’s Convoy

It was a stirring tribute from the great East Anglian public that made it an extra special day for the youngsters at the heart of East Coast Truckers’ children’s convoy.

From County Hall in Norwich to Lowestoft, spectators lined the roads, hung over bridges and got out of their cars to cheer and wave as the 82 gleaming trucks rumbled past amid a cacophony of klaxons.

The smiles on the children’s faces – one to each truck – showed what it meant to them to be the centre of attention for one day. (more…)

Islington home carers’ financial support ring fenced in council pledge

Mrs Willson, 71, hailed the decision to ring fence home carers’ cash at a time when budgets are pressed

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By David Churchill Saturday, August 3, 2013
5:00 PM

A leading care figure has hailed Islington Council’s decision to ring fence money available to home carers for assisting disabled loved ones.

Jean Willson OBE, who was recently given the Freedom of the Borough, claims Islington’s estimated 16,000 carers save local taxpayers about £15 million a year.

In recognition of their huge humanitarian effort, Cllr Janet Burgess, Islington Council’s executive member for health and well-being, this week pledged to ring fence money for carers until at least 2015/16.

Carers, of which there are more than 15,000 according to the 2011 Census, can currently claim up to £30-a-week depending on how severely disabled their loved one is.

However, only about 1,000 claim, according to Cllr Burgess, who is pushing a drive to reach more.

She said: “When you think about it, 1,000 isn’t a lot compared to the total number of carers that we know exist across the borough. (more…)




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