Learning Disability Carer Consultants
Bernie Marshall and Majella Gorman aim to keep carers updated on Trust developments, help them to share their views and participate in the planning and delivery of learning disability services.
As carers themselves, both Bernie and Majella have first-hand experience of the challenges faced by those looking after a loved one with a disability. Bernie has over 20 years’ experience in community development and good relations while Majella has worked for the Trust for over 18 years in a range of roles including Carers Co-ordinator and Personal Public Involvement.
PPI FOCUS GROUPS AND REACHING OUT TO CARERS
Majella and Bernie have been writing to carers to introduce themselves and make sure their contact details are up to date. They would love to hear from any carers who want to stay updated on Trust developments or that they can support in any way.
Majella Gorman, Carer Consultant Learning Disability
2A Rathfriland Road
The Carer’s Hub is an advisory, deliberative, body of people who will meet quarterly via zoom for approximately 1-2 hours to monitor, review and agree action plans.
The Carers Hub seeks to ensure representation from all geographical and Adult Learning Disability service areas of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. Carers who take part will have an induction and ongoing support from the Learning Disability Carer Consultants. The Trust Personal and Public Involvement team (PPI) will also support carers and provide relevant training.
The Hub will agree an action plan that seeks to improve communication with carers, encourage partnership working with staff and ensure the service user and carers voice is heard. The hub will support carers to become involved in improving services, and identify supports for carers both locally, online and virtually.
If you would like to be a part of this group, contact Bernie or Majella for more information.
Free resources for carers
- CEA card
The Card enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema. Home – CEA Card
- Sunflower Lanyard
The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower enables people with non-visible disabilities to access the support they need. It acts a prompt for someone to choose to let people around them know they have a non-visible disability and that they may need a helping hand, understanding, or simply more time.
Not all disabilities are visible – some are not immediately apparent.
- Autism card
The Autism Awareness Card is a tool to support autistic individuals to communicate their needs in a wide variety of situations. It was developed in partnership with statutory services and was produced to give awareness of the issues that autistic individuals face.
The Autism Awareness Card will only be issued to adults and children with an autism diagnosis.
- JAM card
JAM Card allows people with a hidden disability or communication barrier to tell others that they need extra time and understanding in a private and easy way.
- Learning Disability Carers Consultants have teamed up with Carers UK to offer support to Carers across the Southern Trust area via digital resources tailored to their needs. Please contact Bronagh Carr to register, Tel: 028375 66105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent the zoom link.
Carers Get Active Card
This initiative has been extended in partnership with Armagh City Banbridge & Craigavon Council offering a 20% reduction in membership fees this includes swim, gym & classes.
Contact Majella or Bernie for further information.
- Complete A-Z for Carers
- Generic Carer supports from SHSCT:
- Specific supports and information for the over 65’s via the Access & Information service;
- Useful websites