Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, President of Carers Trust spent time talking to carers, volunteers, trustees, staff and supporters on a special visit to our Bradford office.
Andrew Cozens, Chairman, Carers Trust, presented Carers’ Resource Director Anne Smyth OBE and the Chairman David Harbourne.
Speaking to a room of guests representing health, social services, businesses and a various organisations, Her Royal Highness spoke with empathy about carers and their unique situation.
“The evolving issue of carers in the community, and how we reach out to them with the right level of support, is difficult,” she said.
“Sometimes becoming a carer happens abruptly and people aren’t prepared for it.
“There is a danger they can become isolated from friends and family, so having a network of support to help pick up the pieces is important.”
She said organisations need to work in partnership – as Carers’ Resource is doing – to provide a range of support, and she said employers also played an important role.
“If we find the right solution for carers the cared-for person will also have a better quality of life in the long run,” she said.
Director Anne Smyth said: “It has been a wonderful way to start the New Year, and sets the stage for our 20th anniversary celebrations in the summer.”
The occasion included a seminar about carers in the workplace hosted by Mr Harbourne, who spoke from first-hand experience.
He said: “I’m pleased to say that employers across Bradford and Airedale are finding ways to recruit, retain and support carers who may be looking after partners, children, parents or neighbours. Often all it takes is a little flexibility on either side.”
Before leaving Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal unveiled a special plaque to commemorate her visit.
The visit was also covered in the Telegraph & Argus.