Dan has written before about the challenges facing Ipswich and Suffolk in terms of properly caring for our growing ageing population, which will require better coordinated thinking between local social services and NHS care providers to deliver more community-focussed healthcare. Our local community groups and carers already play such a vital role in looking after our elderly people, and it was a real pleasure for him to be invited to present certificates to volunteers in Wickham Market who have completed their training for a new local initiative that aims to provide a pool of trained, accredited and insured volunteer carers. The Wickham Market Community Training Project is a local community led initiative that offers a comprehensive Care Skills training programme to enable volunteers to provide short-term respite care for local family carers when they need a break from their care duties. From Easter, the project will be able to provide up to 100 hours per month of trained, CRB checked, insured and supervised care to provide respite for family carers.
Dan would like to congratulate Pam Bell and all the local volunteers who have successfully completed 56 hours of training, and looks forward to following the progress of this great community scheme in the weeks and months ahead.
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Social Care Funding (17 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: My right hon. Friend is right to highlight the link between healthcare and social care. If we are to care properly for people with the long-term conditions he has outlined, we need to have a more joined-up and integrated system. It is hard to deliver that when we have a taxpayer-funded NHS and a social care system in which many people now have to pay for their own care. In looking for a...
Offensive Weapons Bill: Ipswich-London Rail Fares (15 Oct 2018)
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