AGM Speakers Mitch Gregory, Liz Hayward, Theresa Hegarty and Donna Amoah.
A warm reception greeted three carers who shared their stories and inspired an audience of over 100 guests at the Carers’ Centre Annual General Meeting in Keynsham.
Donna Amoah explained how she has worked tirelessly to revamp the way Social Work students at the University of Bath learn from carers. “I miss working, but being a carer means I spend more time with the man I love,” said Donna, who carers for her husband, David. By sharing her real-life experiences with students, Donna provides a unique and invaluable insight into caring.
Liz Hayward gave a moving account of her struggle to care for her aged parents. “I was so tired and lonely when I first came to the Carers’ Centre,” said Liz. She went on to explain how she was helped to regain her confidence and make new friends. By becoming a volunteer, Liz now helps other carers with learning disabilities and has inspired health professionals by speaking out about her life as a carer.
As a young man entering the world of work, Mitch Gregory’s academic credentials were second to none – yet finding the right job was tough. “After university I went to the Carers’ Centre for help,” said Mitch. “I wouldn’t have such a rewarding job without their advice and support.” Mitch has just been promoted in his role as IT Technician at Frome Community College.
The Head of Patient Experience at Bath’s Royal United Hospital highlighted how working with the Carers’ Centre has brought health professionals to understand more about carers. “In 37 years of working in the NHS, I’ve always felt you cannot separate the patient from the carer,” said Theresa Hegarty.
Praise for staff, volunteers and Trustees for a year of hard work and devotion came from Jill Tremellen, Carers’ Centre Chair. “I congratulate Sonia Hutchison for raising a fantastic amount of new funding, and thank our Patron, Edward Bayntun-Coward, for being key to securing our new Carers’ Centre in Bath,” said Jill.