Charities that support carers to join forces

Carers in Herts chairman Mike Ormerod and Herts Crossroads? South chairman Janice Guerra PNL-151229-171422001
Carers in Herts chairman Mike Ormerod and Herts Crossroads? South chairman Janice Guerra PNL-151229-171422001
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Two charities that support unpaid carers are in discussions over a merger.

Carers in Herts and Herts Crossroads­ South believe that by joining forces they can strengthen the services and support they provide unpaid carers and the people they look after.

A merger could also make it easier to access funding and raise the profile of unpaid carers.

The timing for the review has been prompted by forthcoming budget setting by Herts County Council and NHS clinical commissioning groups in the county.

Carers in Herts chief executive Michèle Stokes said: “Both of our charities are committed to ensuring unpaid carers are recognised, valued, informed and supported in their caring role and that they have a collective voice with the chance to be involved in planning and decision making with regards to services for them.

“A partnership or merger would mean carers will have one less service to be referred to, freeing up their time.

“There would be a reduction in duplicated services and likely cost savings.”

Chief executive of Herts Crossroads­ South Barbara Kennedy,said: “Both of our charities have a wealth of experience providing trusted and valued services to unpaid carers, as between us we have been established for over 20 years.

“We feel it appropriate to see how we can work together to improve our services and reach a wider number and range of carers, who may not already be receiving the support they need.”