Want to have your say about issues that affect carers?
Find out here how to join our Carers Panel and get involved in how the charity supports carers in Bedfordshire.
The Carers Panel is a way to help our trustees hear the voices of carers when they make decisions that affect the charity.
The Panel is made up of members with lived experience of caring from a wide variety of backgrounds – all acting in the best interests of the charity by challenging and pushing our thinking and assumptions.
The Panel is an advisory forum and a formal part of our governance structure.
Carers are asked to express interest if they would like to join the Panel.
The Carers Panel works with the Board to
Panel members may identify other areas they would like to address.
Recent topics have included
There are four meetings a year, tied into the Board meetings. Panel members attend in person in the Bedford office or on Zoom. We know it can be hard for a carer to attend meetings – if you can make it to two per year, that would be fine. And if something crops up on the day, that’s fine too.
Meeting dates for 2024
Meetings are attended by at least one Board member and a senior member of staff, usually the Chief Executive Officer.
Any adult carer can join the Panel. We want it to reflect all carer backgrounds and a wide range of experience.
You don’t need to have committee experience.
Panel members are asked to
We want to be as inclusive as possible so tell us if you need anything else to help you join the Panel