The History of Essex Carers Network
The Essex Carers Network held its inaugural meeting in 2004. Several family carers attended the meeting with two staff members from Essex County Council. The family carers came from various areas of Essex. Within a year the numbers grew and many of the younger family carers had completed the ‘Partners in Policy Making Course’. Several of these carers are still part of the Management Team and Essex County Council still continue to fund the organisation. Essex Carers Network is now a Community Interest Company.
Over the decade, Essex Carers Network has supported many family carers throughout Essex and empowered them, so that people with a learning disability can lead full and meaningful lives. Family carers have been kept up to date with information and encouraged to attend meetings. Professionals now also seek information from the group and members of Essex Carers Network represent family carers’ views on many Boards and at a variety of meetings locally and regionally.