Em-Bold-en is our older carers project. Funded by Comic Relief
What’s the project about?
The aim of the project is to give a strong voice to family carers and to influence and hold decision makers to account within health and social care services.
Who is it for?
The project is aimed at families who care for adults with learning disabilities, whether they are living with you at home or in supported living or residential care. It is also aimed at brothers and sisters or other family relatives who may be involved in supporting your relative with a learning disability and may be sharing the caring with parents.
We especially want to reach out to older family carers in this project, as we know that many of you worry about the future and want to ensure a secure good life for your loved ones who have a learning disability. We want to work with you on these important concerns.
Here’s what we have done so far:
We held a series of coffee mornings around the county to find out…
- What are health and social care services planning for the immediate future – and how will it affect you?
- How do we protect and plan for the long-term future of our loved ones when public services face hard times?
- Do we need older family policies?
- How do we change services to meet the needs of older people with learning disabilities?
We held a ‘Meet the Decision Makers’ event in November 2016
This event was an opportunity for family carers to tell senior commissioners from Health and Social care about the issues that affect them.
We worked with Tom Skinner from Age UK Oxfordshire. Tom is working on another Comic Relief funded project called ‘Get the Picture’.
Tom produced a short film called ‘What will happen when I’m no longer around’ where families share their concerns for the future when supporting their relative with learning disabilities.
In January we held a ‘You said, we did’ event to update everyone on what we had done since the first ‘Meet the Decision Makers’ event.
- Families asked us to produce some simple guidance on the Care Act 2014 so they know what their rights and rights of their relative are. Follow the link to our: Guide to the Care Act – Top Tips for Family Carers of People with Learning Disabilities
- Together Matters have produced an excellent guide called – Thinking Ahead – A planning guide for families. You can download the guide here
- OxFSN has also produced a guide to finding the right support. Although this was written for families who have children moving into adulthood, the information contained is equally useful to older family carers who are thinking of the next steps and supported living.
In March 2017 we held a coffee morning in Witney and were filmed for the BBC Red Nose Day – This was an opportunity to raise the profile of the issues and promoting the project. It also enabled us to say thank you to Comic Relief for funding us and to show people who raise money where it goes locally.
Follow the link to our 2nd Em.Bold.en newsletter
In June we held a Housing and Support event. Read about it in our Embolden Newsletter – June 2017
Presentations from the event will be made available soon on this page.
We also streamed the ‘Question Time Panel’ live on our Facebook page
Embolden Project Report: The number of older family carers of people with a learning disability in Oxfordshire
This report sets out the current knowledge on the numbers of older family carers in Oxfordshire, caring for an adult relative or friend with a learning disability (LD).
It aims to make the case for increasing current knowledge in health and social care services – both statutory and independent of the numbers and profiles of older carers of people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire, in order to meet their needs and plan support for their futures.
To read the full report follow the above link.
We have just come to the end of our first year of this 3 year project. Please check our Embolden Project webpage for lots more activities and events planned in the coming year!
To find out more about Embolden Contact Us.