Our AGM took place at Leighton Buzzard’s Astral Park on 20th November, timed to be as close as possible to Carers Rights Day on 30th November.
Carers and professionals attended to hear about our current work. The meeting focused on our partnerships, including with Bedford and Luton & Dunstable Hospitals, and our work with East London Foundation Trust (ELFT), Tibbs Dementia Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Society to offer ‘joined up’ support for families affected by dementia.
The AGM was preceded by a Central Bedfordshire Carers Partnership Meeting on Transitions, for parents caring for a child with health or care needs who is approaching eighteen years of age. The meeting was attended by carers, and by professionals from Central Bedfordshire Council, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), and voluntary sector providers. More details are here.
New Board members
At the AGM, the members elected three new Board members.
Helen Buckley works for Age UK nationally and lives in Leighton Buzzard. She has experience in the charity sector with a strong background in governance, communications, policy and social care.
Evelyn Curtis has a strong background in adult social care for young adults with learning disability. Her experience includes caring for someone with life limiting illness and caring for an adult child.
Gail Dearing works for ELFT as a senior social work manager. Her background is in mental health, social care and legal frameworks. She also brings experience of working in partnership and developing projects.
We bid a fond farewell to Win Douglas who stood down after 8 years unstinting service on the Board. Anne Grant, who stood down as Chair last year, was awarded honorary life time membership in recognition of her ongoing unique and exceptional role in the charity. She is pictured here with Chief Officer, Helen Satterthwaite (left) and Chairperson, Emma Wilkinson.