Last week the Minister of State for Care Services, Paul Burstow, attended the launch of the CareBank pilot at the WRVS York Centre in Maidenhead. During his visit, he met local authority representatives and was shown the new online system that will be supporting the scheme.
In this video, recorded at the launch event, Paul Burstow says:
- this scheme is about people sharing their time and skills to help each other. This visit included meeting a volunteer who is offering befriending services to someone with learning disabilities, who is a volunteer for the scheme herself.
- CareBank is about giving and receiving services. Many people who use services also want to contribute, and can contribute.
- this pilot will help us learn how this sort of idea can be scaled up and applied elsewhere.
- this type of work is about adding to what social services do, rather than replacing. It is part of focusing more on early interventions and prevention, to enable people to live the life they want to live for longer.
- I’m looking forward to seeing how we can apply this sort of work in our thinking for the White Paper in the spring.