When caring for carers can be done carelesslyBy Jane Holmes
November 22, 2011
On the radio last night, during a programme about disability, someone said that the world is divided between the disabled and the not-yet disabled.
Unless you die suddenly, then the chances are you will end up disabled in some way. It might be physically, in fact that is pretty likely, but it also might be cognitively, behaviourally, or due to the development of some kind of debilitating condition.
So, you wonder why society isn't better prepared really. Why more people aren't sympathetic and supportive to those who have beaten them to it.
Why massive corporations such as First Great Western can't find it in themselves to keep a lift open at Twyford Station, forcing disabled passengers to add an hour on to their journeys because they have to go to Reading and come back again in order to end up on the right platform.
Or why Secretaries at the Royal Berks Hospital feel entitled to play god with a sick child's appointment, or why the Council can't bring themselves to allow a disabled children's charity to pay the going rate for a community building that is central enough to meet the needs of every disabled child in the Borough.
But all is not lost, for through the post this week we received an invitation through the post to a Ball for carers. The
invitation came from the Council and the event promises to be a 'glamourous and glitzy' night of fun.
There is no mention of any childcare, which you might think was a key consideration for Children's Services, nor is there any mention of any subsidy on the cost.
In fact we are invited to pay for our own ticket and our own childcare so that we can spend the evening with a group of fellow carers who we probably don't know. So our caring Council has booked a table at a local hotel and sent out 'invitations'.
Support for carers at its best.