|[05 OCT 98] COVENTRY
CARERS CENTRE PRESS RELEASE
National Carers Day
Mary McNaney and Jennie
Annett from the Coventry Carers Centre will attend The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
(PRTC) second National Carers Day at the Butchers Hall in London on 8 October. They will
take part in a day of consultation with HRH Princess Royal, Health Minister, Paul Boateng
and the charitys chairman, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild.
"The aim of the day is to give carers a chance to air their views on how they want
the PRTC to develop services. It will also provide an opportunity for carers to express
their opinions to the Government on what they want from the national strategy for
carers," says Rob Pickering Carers Centre Co-ordinator.
On the agenda for discussion groups will be: primary healthcare and hospital discharge,
money and caring costs, carers and employment, government departments and carers, and
information and support services.
The day also gives carers from all over the UK a well-deserved break and the
opportunity to meet others in similar situations.
A Government-wide review
of measures to help carers is being led by Health Minister, Paul Boateng as part of a
national strategy for carers. The PRTC is among the charities being consulted by Ministers
and policy-makers on the new strategy. The findings should be published in early 1999.
"This is my chance to have a say about services that provide vital support to
carers," said Jennie Annett from Coventry Carers Centre.
There are nearly 70 Princess Royal Trust Carers Centres
across the UK. Each centre provides information, support and practical help to those
caring for relatives, friends or neighbours who otherwise may be unable to manage at home
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers was established in
Coventry Carers Centre 01203 632972
or Hannah Crabtree, The Princess Riyal Trust for Cares 0171 480 7788