Social Care

Care and CompassionNational Carers week

Commenced on 11 June. DMU hosted a seminar on this important and topical issue. See here|

Carers, service users, leading voluntary organisations, academics, representatives from government departments, and postgraduate students examined some of the many of the issues facing Britain’s carers at a seminar this week at DMU opened by Professor Mandy Ashton. This seminar was the third of series of ESRC Funded seminars lead by Mary Larkin. The seminar series aims to provide a forum to explore contemporary and future challenges for carers in the UK, and develop a coherent evidence base about policy, services and interventions that improve carers quality of life and those they support in the 21st century.

The Leicester Mercury ran an article| on the seminar and Mary along with two of the participants were interviewed| by Radio Leicester

Social Care

The delivery of adult social care without the 6.4 million people who are carers is unsustainable; not only are they central in delivering good outcomes for those they care for, but it is also estimated that they save the United Kingdom £119 billion a year. While much has been written about personalisation and its potential to change welfare services, we know very little about how carers can best be supported to make personalisation effective.

Third Sector

The third sector includes all organisations operating outside the formal state or public sphere that are not trading commercially for profit in the market. This means charities and voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises and cooperatives.

Mary Larkin, a principal lecturer at De Montfort University, is also Honorary Research Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC). Mary has co-written a TSRC paper which identified areas of research that could inform third sector practice in supporting carers and service users as personalisation progresses. (The paper can be found here ).

Together with colleagues at Birmingham University, Mary organised a ‘round table’ event for Third sector oganisations, leading practitioners, policy makers and academics to discuss the impact of personalisation on carers, and the role of the third sector in supporting them.

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