5 Oct 2011

The Children’s Society’s Include Programme held three free events last week to launch their new website, the Engage Toolkit. The events were attended by practitioners and other professionals who work with black and minority ethnic (BME) carers and their families.

The free half-day events in Manchester, Birmingham and London drew more than 100 practitioners, local authority officials and many more attendees.

Training sessions and panel discussions took place with Carers UK, The Afiya Trust and The Children’s Society running workshops. Events mixed national policy with local reality, while bringing together practitioners, professionals and experts from across the country.

The Engage Toolkit is an online hub

The Engage Toolkit is an online hub, drawing together understanding, policy and best practice from a range of organisations and resources that support young carers from different backgrounds, including Gypsy and Traveller communities.

Helen Leadbitter, Deputy Programme Manager at the Include Project said: 'These events were a great opportunity to discuss what’s going on, how we can do better and what support organisations like The Children’s Society, Carers UK and The Afiya Trust can offer. Also, we received positive feedback on the Engage Toolkit -- we`re happy that the tool meets our audience’s needs.’

Content and insights generated from the events will be added to the Engage Toolkit. For months and years ahead input and resources are being welcomed and solicited for the ever-expanding online toolkit, which was funded by the Department for Health.