Skills for Care increased involvement from carers
Care Enabling Fund has been key in developing a project which
involves carers and users of services in social care education.
FOCUS (Forum of Carers and Users of Services), based in Liverpool,
undertook a unique project with the Greater Merseyside Health &
Social Care Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) at Southport
College, involving the Health and Social Care Cadet Scheme.
This scheme was designed in conjunction with the NHS and Social Care
Academy working in partnership with local further education colleges
and Health & Social Care employers to equip young people
aged 16 to 22, with the skills and knowledge needed to work
successfully in the care sector. Supported placements within the
Health & Social Care sector are provided to enable Cadets to develop
practical work based skills, as well as essential skills and theory
A programme of 7 workshops was developed, with each workshop being
delivered by carers and users of services to a class of around 20
Cadets. A number of topics were covered including mental health
services, living with a physical disability, being a carer, learning
disabilities, the ageing process and being an inpatient.
The aim of this project was initially to prepare the Cadets for
their work placements by providing a greater sense of realism,
developing better understanding of service users' and carers' needs
and opinions. Jane Ratcliffe, Course Leader, Southport College,
comments that the project has "exceeded our expectations and
has not only prepared the Cadets for placement but also improved
their understanding of theory, their confidence, punctuality,
attendance and their written coursework." The carers and
users of services have also benefited from the experience and felt
that it gave them a voice and an opportunity to help young people
understand the issues they face.
Tessa Wilson (CoVE Manager) comments that:- "The success of
this project has been due to a lot of hard work, planning and
preparation by Jane and Terry. The evaluation party at the end of
the programme was a true testament to how beneficial and valuable
everyone involved found this exercise, students, service users,
carers and tutors".
Terry Williams (Co-ordinator, FOCUS) says:- "Over the past two
years, Members of FOCUS have shown how valuable service user and
carer involvement has been in the training of social work students,
medical students, nursing students and other health professionals.
We feel that this project at Southport College has demonstrated that
service user and carer input is equally important in the field of
Social Care Training and we are delighted to have played a part. The
success of the project suggests it would be greatly beneficial to
extend service user and carer involvement to other social care
courses and to courses at other colleges."
Rotary Club of Southport Announces the 6th Annual Charity Walk
EACH year for
the past 5 years, Southport Rotary Club has helped individuals and
groups to raise funds for their own favourite charities and good
causes through the Annual Charity Walk. Now in its 6th year,
the Annual Charity Walk provides an ideal framework for fundraising
- one of the most challenging tasks for any voluntary organisation.
We organise and manage the event, you arrange for walkers and
sponsorship, and collect the money!
This year, the Walk will be on Sunday 13 May, and will be along the
banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, starting at Heaton's Bridge
Inn, and finishing in Maghull, a distance of about 10 miles.
How Does The Walk
* You decide which Charity you want to support.
* You ask all your friends and colleagues to sponsor you.
* You register for the Walk with us.
* You Walk!
* You collect all the money from your sponsors.
* You give all the money you have collected to your chosen Charity -
100% of everything you collect goes straight from you to your choice
Who can enter?
Individuals, families, office groups, charity members, church and
club parties.... anyone who can manage the distance. You don't
have to be a Paula Radcliffe, or a Sebastian Coe! There's plenty of
time to walk the course, with attractive pubs on the way for a
What does Rotary
get out of the Walk?
Individuals and many charities don't have the resources to organise
major fundraising events, and any charity or good cause can benefit
from an extra event. The Walk is designed to help you, your friends
and colleagues, to raise funds for any charity or good cause you
All of the costs of organising the Walk are met from Entry Fees and
money separately raised for the purpose by Southport Rotary Club. If
there is a surplus, it goes directly to our own Rotary Charities.
As an organisation dedicated to serving the communities in which we
live, the motto of Rotary throughout the world is "Service above
Self" and organising the Southport Rotary Club's Annual Charity
Walk is our way of serving as many people, charities and good causes
as we can, at one go!
Where can I get
Our special Events Website is designed to answer all the questions
you might have, AND you can download entry forms, sponsorship forms
and all sorts of useful information. Just go to
then click on the Charity Walk button.
We hope you found this useful, and will be interested in the Walk.
If so, why not tell your friends and colleagues about it, form a
group, and walk for your favourite Charity or Good Cause! We
hope to see you on Sunday 13 May 2007!