We would like to thank everyone who helped make the Care Fair such a success.
In particular, co-hosts Carer’s Support pulled out all the stops to ensure visitors were well looked after and were able to find the information they needed, whether by directing people to service provider stalls or to the multitude of seminars and presentations.
Jill Atwell, CEO of Carer’s Support, said “I think it has gone rather well…” which has to be a contender for Understatement of the Year Award as we had several points during the day in which every provider was busy.
Comments from visitors included “It’s been great to find everything I need” and “What an excellent idea to have it all in one place!”.
Maria Doe, Office Manager at Inchwater Home Care, said “It has been great to see what the Dover, Deal and Thanet areas can provide for the people they support. We have NHS services alongside voluntary services, private providers working with Mental Health teams and some of the ‘hidden’ services such as Community Wardens and Shepway Lifeline all coming together for the individual”.
Events during the day included presentations for the Carer’s Forum from Sue Baldwin and Eryl George representing the South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group and Social Services; Collette from Carer’s Support raised a call to arms for volunteers to support carer’s; Nick Dent and Ruth Herron from NHS trusts both gave feedback on patient views and their strategy for improvement to the NHS services across Kent.
Paul Watts, Managing Director at Inchwater Home Care, said “This is an excellent example of services coming together for the benefit of those who need it most. Looking around the room, we have the NHS, Local Authority, voluntary organisations and private providers all working side-by-side to ensure joined-up quality care. I am sure the visitors here today have found the right people to answer their questions – what an amazing day!”