Bees & Ladybird filled Day for our Parent Carers

We kick started our new term of activities for parent carers and their families with our very first family walk  last week; bee hunting at The Lowry and Media City. Inspired by the amazing decorated bees that have popped up all over the City we walked round the Lowry Outlet Mall and Media City and really enjoyed having photos taken and learning lots of buzzing bee facts!

Bee hunting is tiring work and we were very glad to stop for a picnic lunch in the Blue Peter Garden and a spot of bee colouring in before walking back to the Lowry Theatre to see 'What The Ladybird Heard' in the Quays Theatre. It was a really enjoyable performance that captured the children's imaginations brilliantly and was the perfect way to end a busy, buzzy day. We are incredibly grateful for to The Lowry Theatre for facilitating this trip for our families; a relaxed performance was perfect for many of the children in our group. Parents were over the moon to have an amazing new experience for their children, something that many would not be able to manage without The Lowry's generosity.

Keep an eye out in our forthcoming calendar of events for more walks and fun activities. One little boy who joined us said "I loved it, I loved it, I loved it" when asked whether he had enjoyed his day. Feedback from parent carers was really positive and we look forward to providing more organised activities in the near future!!

If you're interested in getting involved in our activities, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for up to date events.

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Get Buzzing with Salford Carers

Greater Manchester is buzzing with the arrival of the Bee in the City project and Salford Carers wants carers to join us to enjoy this new addition to Salford Quays.

We have two wellbeing walks or WellBEEing (see what we did there) walks coming up in August. One will be on the the 9th August for Parent Carers and their families. Join us for a gentle walk, a lovely picnic and a chance to meet other Parent Carers. The second is on the 22nd August for carers who support anyone.

These are a great chance to do some gentle exercise, enjoy the summer weather, get to know others and enjoy Salford Quays.

We hope to see you there!

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Youth Day - Salford Young Carers Cross Generational Project

 Help us bring the generations together on Salford Youth Day by creating a plant pot design that our young carers can add to pots which will be taken as gifts to local care home residents.

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Please decorate this plant pot with positive messages and cheery decorations in any medium of your choice. Your plant pot design will be painted onto pot plants by young carers. The plants will be gifted to care home residents on Salford Youth Day 2018 (Friday 10th August). Please send in your design by Wednesday 8th August 2018.

Please send to Salford Carers Centre, Langworthy Cornerstone, 451 Liverpool Street, Salford. M6 5QQ or to Salford.carers@gaddum.co.uk

GREATER MANCHESTER CARERS CHARTER

We believe all carers have a right to be respected, valued and supported, equally in their caring role, as experts for their cared for and as individuals in their own right

 

A carer is someone of any age who supports, unwaged, a relative, partner or friend who due to physical or mental illness, disability, frailty or addiction could not manage without that support.

As a carer you can expect

● To be identified as a carer as early as possible, be informed, be respected and included by health and social care professionals.

● To have choice and control about your caring role, get the personalised support you need as a carer to meet you and your family’s needs.

● To be able to stay healthy and well yourself, and for your own needs and wishes as an individual to be recognised and supported.

● To be socially connected and not isolated.

● To be supported to fulfil educational and employment potential, and where possible in maintaining employment.

● If you are a young carer or young adult carer, to be supported so you are able to thrive and develop educationally, personally and socially, and you are protected from excessive or inappropriate caring roles.

Having a voice - Carers as equal partners

● Valued, respected and recognised as ‘experts by experience’, in monitoring and reviewing services, and coproduction to redesign, commission or procure carer support services.

● Supporting and developing training programmes to raise the awareness and understanding of the needs of carers and their families, and of local carer support services for health and social staff and partner organisations.

Working together in partnership

● To ensure the independence and physical and mental health of all carers and their families

● To empower and support all carers to manage their caring roles and have a life outside of caring

● To ensure that all carers receive the right support, at the right time, in the right place, including when caring comes to an end.

● To respect all carers’ right to decide and choose in relation to how much care they will provide and respect all Carers’ decision about not providing care at all

● To ensure all carers will be respected and listened to as expert care partners, and will be actively involved in care planning, shared decision-making and reviewing services.

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, local authorities and voluntary and community organisations are committed to working together in partnership to provide the best quality support for all carers, through our commitment to carers and action plan.

Greater Manchester Young Carers Survey

18 carers aged 24 and under from across Greater Manchester meet in late January to design a questionnaire to send out to young people across the region. The survey is to look at the issues and opinions of young carers, known and hidden, so they can influence the continual development of the Greater Manchester Carers Charter.

7 of the regions LAs were represented and the young people worked well all day with the support of Laura Edwards and Lewis Nelson, young workers attached to the Salford Young Carers Team.

The questionnaire they produced is impressive covering issues from Isolation to education from family support to poverty. They now need your help.

If you work in Greater Manchester with young people, in either youth or educational settings, tell young people about it, support young people in accessing and completing it.

This is the biggest test of young carers views ever carried out in the region, its being organised by young people, now they need you help.

The survey is for all carers aged 24 and under-there is no lower age limit as sadly caring never picks an age it picks a person.

 

https://goo.gl/forms/IxobyGdeamSqR0UR2

 

 

 

  

SALFORD CARERS CENTRE MANAGERS POST

It is with great sadness that we, Gaddum Centre, are recruiting to replace Paul Moran as the Salford Carers Service Manager. Paul is leaving Gaddum at the end of June, retiring after 11 years with the Service and over 46 years working vulnerable adults and young people. More about this later in the year but to ensure a smooth handover we are recruiting now with the following timescale

The closing date for applications is 26th Feb at 5pm

The interview will be two stages, the first will be a panel interview on the 9th March

The second stage will be a presentation to a panel of carers and staff on the 14th March

Please can you share this across your networks or with anyone that you think would be interested in the role?

Service Manager; Salford Carers Service

Job description

Job Title:   Service Manager – Salford Carers Service

Responsible to: Head of Services  

Accountable to: Chief Executive  

Reporting to: Assistant Head of Services 

Salary: £28,485 -31,601  NJC Scale PO1 –PO2 (SP33-38) (pay review pending)

Working hours: 35 hours per week

Location: Salford Carers Centre

Job Summary 

The Service Manager will be primarily responsible for the operational management and direction of Salford Carers Service provided by The Gaddum Centre. 

Job Purpose

To manage the Salford Carers Service; ensuring high standards and value for money.

The Service Manager will have responsibility for: 

· Managing, developing and promoting the Salford Carers Service to provide effective support for unpaid carers in Salford.

· Managing the staff of Salford Carers Service.

· Developing the service in line with any contract specifications and Gaddum Centre strategic development plans; local regional and national.

· Developing and maintaining service user involvement, including but not limited to; forums for carers, feedback and evaluation of services, carers involved in service development.

· Ensuring Salford Carers Service is delivered within financial budgets.

· Supporting the delivery and development of additional projects located with the service.

· Developing an action plan for income generation in conjunction with Business Development Lead and the Senior Management Team.

Main duties and responsibilities 

Management of Salford Carers Service 

· To be responsible for the management of the Salford Carers Service in line with the contract and service specification awarded by Salford City Council.

· Operational management of annual leave, sickness & absence, office cover Health & safety, expenses etc; holding regular team meetings for staff.

· Ensure compliance with recognised Quality Assurance system.

· Ensure Information Management system is used by all staff, with support and training as appropriate.

· Compile any necessary reports as required by the Assistant Head of Services, Senior Management Team and commissioners.

· Attend appropriate external meetings as required by the Assistant Head of Services or Senior Management Team with commissioners and key partners.

· In conjunction with the Assistant Head of Services, Senior Management Team and Salford City Council undertake review and planning of the service.

· Develop and maintain effective partnership working and links with key stakeholders and other service providers.

· To develop service user involvement forums for carers of all ages.

· Promote Salford Carers Service throughout Salford and to external organisations.

· Monitor, review and update information relating to Salford Carers Service including promotional materials and production of an e-bulletin.

· Ensure a high quality service is delivered meeting all specifications agreed within contracts.

· To attend, engage with and contribute to Service Managers meetings.

· To keep abreast of relevant policies and legislation relating to the service.

Management of staff

· To oversee the leadership of the Salford Carers Service.

· Ensure that all staff are managed and developed through supervision and professional development.

· To develop a culture for Salford Carers Service promoting inclusion and effective team work. 

· To support with the recruitment of staff and promoting active service user involvement in the process.

· To hold effective team meetings and ensure robust monitoring of activities.

· To ensure implementation of induction and on-going training.

· To ensure open and effective communication with all staff in Salford Carers Service and Gaddum Centre.

Service development 

· To identify and develop carers services at Gaddum Centre in conjunction with the Assistant Head of Services and Senior Management Team.

· To be actively involved in development of future tender submissions for Carers services.

· To identify and apply for additional resources and funding stream for carers services, involving the Assistant Head of Services.

· To develop service user involvement in in design and development of service models, participation and service planning.

· Effectively monitor and evaluate provision on a regular basis and implement changes to improve the service.

· Develop a training strategy for the service to both promote the service and generate income.

· To support the development of the volunteering scheme for the service.

Financial management 

· To work with the Gaddum Centre, Assistant Head of Services and Finance Manager to ensure Salford Carers Service operates within agreed budgets.

· To monitor expenditure including expenses, events and activities and funding awards, ensuring best value for money.

· Identify funding opportunities and work with Chief Executive and Assistant Head of Services to develop applications involving Salford Carers Service staff as appropriate.

· Complete reports as required by Chief Executive, Assistant Head of Services and commissioners. 

Other duties and responsibilities

· To represent Gaddum Centre and participate at external meetings and events to maintain awareness of local, regional and national issues as required by Assistant Head of Services and Chief Executive.

· To meet regularly with Assistant Head of Services for supervision and support.

· To organise and attend meetings as required by the Assistant Head of Services.  

· To undertake additional duties within competence of post holder as required by Assistant Head of Services or Chief Executive.

· Give presentations and talks about work of Gaddum Centre as required.

· Flexible approach to working patterns to suit the needs of the role and responsibilities as required.

· All other duties reasonably associated with your role.

The details contained in this job description, particularly the principal accountabilities reflect the content of the job at the date the job description was prepared. It should be remembered, however, that it is inevitable that over time the nature of individual jobs will change; existing duties may be lost and other duties may be gained without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed. Consequently, this job description may be revised from time to time.

Please request Person Specification when asking for the application form.

For further information please visit www.gaddumcentre.co.uk

Young Adult Carers-Get your Views Heard

Salford City Council are running a survey to collate the views of carers aged 16 to 24 on the services they receive and looking at what their priorities are.

This is your opportunity to be heard-are your issues/priorities the same as the people who commission services? What is missing from your point of view, what could be better? Your Service so please have your say.

If we know you already you will have received the survey in the post, but if you are a carers aged 16-24 and are not registered with us that's ok you can still complete It as long as you live in Salford, then if you want to access any support just ring us on 0161 212 5451 and ask to speak to a members of the young carers or young adult carers team.

The survey can be found at;

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QD9Z89X

 

 

 

What an Amazing Few Weeks

On the 2nd October we moved into our new office base at Langworthy Cornerstones and once we had settled in, made so easy by the warm welcome we received from all the staff working there the teams seem to have found an amazing new lease of life that I feel needs commenting on.

No time during the year is an easy time for the carers we support, no matter their age, and the team consistently work to offer as much support, advice or guidance as they possible can. Supporting carers set up their own peer support groups, offering group, individual and family support, and working in partnership with carers to raise awareness and understanding of the issues carers of all ages face.

However the 30th of October heralded the start of an amazing level of activity not in place of the "normal" daily work loads but as well as, extra activities and engagement.

In the last 5 weeks all workers, no matter what team they are on, have seriously raised the bar with their commitment to supporting carers. They have;

1. Turned Carers Rights Day into Carers Rights week with 5 information sessions in Supermarkets and Hospital, meeting over 300 new and old carers.

2. Attended the GM consultation on carers issues, with a group of carers, and helped facilitate the event.

3. Ran extra support groups for adult carers including sessions on Beating the Christmas Blues and a 6 session Well-Being Course.

4. Ran a day conference for Salford Council on engaging with the Seldom Heard, with the emphasis on young people with special educational needs.

5. Ran a conference for Campus Living Villages, an International Organisation providing accommodation for students. The conference looked at identification of and support for student carers.  

6. Supported the WHO CARES tour with our partners The Lowry and Lung Theatre. Enabling the young carers involved to visit tour venues, do Q & A sessions with audiences and supporting local venues with "wellbeing support" during performances.

7. Started monthly Wellbeing walks.

On top of all of the above 11 members of the teams also gave up a Sunday morning to run the Jingle Jog Santa run at Salford Quays, raising money for activities in 2018 for carers aged 24+

So no slowly down for the festive period for this lot, they've just picked up speed!!

I would like to use this opportunity to say a huge thank you to them for their work in 2017, wish them, all our partners, and all our main partners-Salford's unpaid family carers of all ages, a very happy Christmas, and enjoyable festive period and a New Year full of potential and happiness

 Christmas Jingle Jog-Thanks team amazing effort

Christmas Jingle Jog-Thanks team amazing effort

 Young Carers, Cast members, Lee, Paul and Matt-Who Cares Tour Launch

Young Carers, Cast members, Lee, Paul and Matt-Who Cares Tour Launch

THANK YOU THE BOOTH CHARITIES

The Booth Charities have continued their support for young carers in Salford with two incredible donations in the run up to Christmas;

1. They have made a donation towards Christmas activities for young carers which again this year will cover taking up to 60 young carers to our special pantomime night at Salford Arts Theatre in December.

2. They have also agreed a grant to cover all the costs of the allowing the 4 young carers involved in the development of the "Who Cares" play to make 4 "live" appearances during the national tour meaning they can visit Penrith to run sessions for school pupils and attend the final show of the tour at the House of Lords.

 A great supporter of young carers, and young people in general in Salford, a lot of what we do would not be possible without the continual support from The Booth Charity and we are proud to be associated with them.

THANK YOU