‘I do it because I absolutely love it.’ Chantry volunteer Stuart on the joys of helping others, getting back what you put in and the perils of Scrabble
Stuart Fisher, 69, has been a volunteer at Sue Ryder’s specialist neurological care centre, The Chantry, for more than five years. He drives residents to appointments, takes them on outings, to visit family and also visits a particular resident once a week for coffee, a chat and the occasional game of Scrabble.
Carers’ Thursday, a support group for carers run by staff and volunteers from Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice and Carers in Bedfordshire, has just marked its second anniversary with a special celebration.
People with neurological conditions in England are being let down by the very health and care systems that are supposed to be supporting them – that’s the finding of our new report Time to get it right, writes our Policy and Public Affairs Manager (England) Duncan Lugton.
Over 15,000 people with neurological conditions are being placed in nursing homes for the elderly, our shocking report reveals
Our new report, 'Time to get it right' published today, gives a comprehensive picture on how people with neurological conditions such as motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease and acquired brain injury are being let down by health and social services in England.
Containing analysis carried out by independent experts, the report shows that proactive care early in someone’s life, such as self-management support and advice or respite care, can save in the region of 30–50% annually when compared to reactive care, i.e. when someone’s health requires urgent care.