We have very kindly been offered the large wedding reception room by the proprietors of Ocean Kave (www.oceankave.co.uk). The room holds up to 90 delegates and there is a bar and kitchen with Ocean Kave offering their chef and team to provide us with lunch. There will be a charge for lunch and refreshments at charity rates and I will be able to confirm this when I have a better idea of numbers. As far as a delegate rate for the Conference is concerned then I am asking for donations to The Northam Care Trust via a donation bucket provided on the day! This will be at each delegate’s discretion.
The morning will consist of guest speakers with question and answer sessions following each. At this stage we have speaker commitments from Jo Walsh, CQC Inspector South West, Nell Casey, Care Direct Plus, Jeremy Cooper, Headteacher Appledore Primary School and Richard Ker, TNCT Trustee and Care Ambassador but I am hoping for a couple more from the commissioning teams and carers groups.
The afternoon will consist of groups working on Co-Production in developing a set of standards for carers, service providers, commissioners and service users working together. We will produce a Carers Voice Toolkit with a set of agreed standards, communication contract, communication circle and survey following on from the work undertaken by the University of Sheffield. It will be a chance for positive and meaningful networking-a chance for people to raise the importance questions that often go unanswered. There will be outcomes that will be published.
We hope that delegates from carers groups, individual carers, DCC, service providers and service users will attend. As you would imagine, it is a lovely venue overlooking the sea with plenty of parking.
If you would like to attend or would like the opportunity to speak at the Conference for 15 minutes then please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone me on 01237 477238.
Dr Len Lofts, CEO, The Northam Care Trust