Dudley Carers Alliance is all about giving you the carer a voice. We are passionate about carers rights and pledge to ensure that the voice of the carer is always heard and indeed listened to across Dudley borough. The Alliance works hard to collect information and opinions from local carers and shares this with statutory and other organisations, both local and national, relating to carer issues.
We work in partnership with other local forums and organisations who are keen to ensure that the views of our carers are represented and are taken on board when local services are being shaped.
Key local forums include:
Dudley Carers Forum
A group of carers that meet every month to exchange information and support. Each meeting has an ‘action time’ to take concerns and questions which can then be taken forward if required. Safeguarding and befriending are at the very heart of the forum.
The group meet on the first Wednesday of each month at Bank St Brierley Hill Methodist Church from 11am to 2pm lunch and refreshments are available.
We also have a Dudley Carers Forum Social Club and carers and their cared for are welcome to join the group in their activities into the community.
The group’s Chairperson is Janet Down. Email the group at: email@example.com or call Dudley Carers Forum c/o Dudley CVS on 01384 573381
For more information visit www.dudleycarersforum.wordpress.com/
Working together for change
Working together for change is Dudley’s parent carer forum. The group is an independent group of parent carers of children and young people (aged 0-25) with disabilities and additional needs. A safe environment is provided for parent carers of children with disabilities or additional needs to share their thoughts and concerns and to empower them to have their voices heard in a way that influences change and service design.
Members of the forum work together with the aim of ensuring that the voices of parent and carers are heard. The aim is to ensure that all parents and carers in Dudley borough are equipped with the knowledge and skills to influence change.
This group aims to
• Offer support and provide friendship.
• Listen with empathy
• Influence policy development.
• Provide signposting and share information in ways that is easily understandable and accessible
• Be democratic, transparent and represent the view of parent carers
• Be realistic in what we and partners together can achieve in the current austerity climate
• Any parent carer of a child with a disability or additional needs that is residing in Dudley borough can join the group
Contact the forum on 01384 573381 or email or firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit https://dudleyparentcarerforum.com/ for more information
Healthwatch Dudley is your local consumer champion for both health and social care services. The organisation is set up to listen to your views and experiences and share them with people who make key decisions about health and social care services.
If you have got something to say about your experience of your doctor, dentist, a hospital stay or an family member who is accessing a day care services or a nursing home, Healthwatch Dudey will want to hear from you.
Contact Healthwatch’s helpline on 03000 111 001 or visit http://healthwatchdudley.co.uk/