Carers: The Third Agenda
‘My parents are in their 80’s and have different levels of disability. We’re just not rich enough to afford to pay care costs. After over 40 years of marriage, they had to be separated.’
From the Carers in Society report: The Problems
It’s not just another advert for charities supporting the developing world, but a problem going on right here, in Barnet and Brixton, in Kingsbury and Kensington.
The RSA Carers in Society project, initiated by the London Region Board, and led by Jonathan Jewell, has spent the past two years working with the major care charities, health and social care organisations and carers themselves to study, and try to address, the plight of carers in London.
We are working to address the issues of carers as a whole, the - always – third and often forgotten agenda of looking after not the cared-for or the caring professionals, but the ‘caring involuntary’. A disparate group of people who have …
So far we have:
• Surveyed London Carers
• Submitted the RSA London response to the Government’s green paper on carers
• Held a number of successful face-to-face consultation and working group meetings
• Produced an open letter to key figures in the public and third sectors
• Prepared the beginnings of a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of carers - and what people - the public - can do about it
• People to come up with new ideas to develop this work
• People with influence and connections
• People with the time, skill and energy to take things forwards
This is a real, live project, with the potential to substantially change tens of thousands of people’s lives within four years: if we can get the support, if you can give it.
The RSA has committed itself to removing the barriers to social progress. But, for the Carers’ Agenda, the more immediate question is about how we turn around one of the most damning examples of social regress in the Western world: an indictment on the health and social care services, that needs immediate action.
‘I want the role of carers to be recognised in a tangible form: payment, tax relief, support services – not just worthless words’
From the Carers in Society report: The Solutions