The Development Partnership through localised activity undertaken by Hertfordshire ACE is capturing the number of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) carers who are referred to the project to check if their views that BME referrals are higher than anticipated. The first count shows 16% which is high and raises some interesting questions about mainstream practice. ACE Surrey has awarded 48 brokerage applications to date, 16% of which to BME carers (the ethnic minority population in Surrey is 5% and
ACE delivers specific interventions through regional partners Crossroads. Crossroads operate regionally and nationally through 191 schemes to enable carers to be supported
The Development Partnership has national impact through the activity of delivery; implementation; research and policy partners.
The ACE Development Partnership includes European Partners focussed on the work of Cares in the EU.
ACE uses delivery partnerships to identify and enhance existing care services, and develop and test new care services, which enable carers to work.
In Latvia the Society for Children’s Palliative Care led the project which focused on ‘PMSSS’
– psycho-social, medical and spiritual support
system. The Society supported families with children
undergoing alliative care to retain links with society and the labour market both during the child’s illness and during the bereavement process. It offered
an holistic approach to family support designed to prevent families becoming socially excluded during and following periods of crisis linked to the child’s illness
Qidos, leading a project entitled
The Road Towards a Care-friendly Organisational
Culture, focused its work on creating carer-friendly
organisational cultures and enabling working
carers to balance work and care. Working in close
partnership with Mezzo, the Dutch national carers
organisation, Qidos was able to identify and report
on a range of good practice in the creation of a
carer-friendly workplace. It also made progress
in developing greater awareness of carers’ needs
and of the problems carers can face in the labour
ACE is a national policy partnership that will use the lessons of the research and delivery partnerships to influence long term development and investment in the health and social care sector, including working to establish a National Care Strategy
Across ACE Development Partnership there are four policy officers: In Carers UK; Carers Scotland; Carers Wales; and Contact a Family. The role of these policy officers are to move forward the policy objectives for ACE
Eurocarers set out to ensure that care is valued
and that unpaid care is recognised as central to the
sustainability of health and long term care systems
in Europe. It committed to work to ensure that carers
are recognised across Europe as a discrete group at
risk of poverty, social exclusion and discrimination
and to ensure that their issues and interests are
addressed and taken into account in EU and national
level policy development.