The journey of the Carers Charter Kirklees.
The Charter originated from a working group developed by North Kirklees in collaboration with Greater Huddersfield CCG, Kirklees Council and Carers Count chaired by a Carer Volunteer Fatima Khan-Shah. As the project developed we were supported by other Carers one of whom was Portia Roberts-Popham.
After a prolonged and proactive engagement process with carers about creating a Carers Charter there
was a clear mandate from carers that a document full of wellmeaning words was not enough to make the Carers Charter meaningful.
Many carers had been involved with charters before and wanted to develop something that would lead to real change. As a result of this the group designed a charter which included a process for improvement (even the very best organisations need to continually improve). Organisations sign up to this to demonstrate their commitment to carers. The process is endorsed by carers.
Investors in Carers was developed as a direct consequence. This is an organisation, created, developed and delivered by carers. Investors in Carers will be responsible for supporting organisationsto become a part of the journey of enabling Kirklees to become a carer-friendly community.
Investors in Carers has now ceased operation but the Charter continues to underpin good practice of Carer involvement and coproduction.