I have been a carer since 1993 of my wife who has Personality Disorder and we have have 4 children and live in Poole in Dorset.
I helped to form the East Dorset Mental Health Carers charity in 1998 which represents the needs and concerns of mental health carers in Bournemouth, Poole and South and East Dorset and has a membership of 257 carers.
In 2004/2005 I became the carer and service user co-ordinator at Bournemouth University on the Social Work Degree course as well as linking on the Health course.
I then took part in a project funded by Skills for Care to co-ordinate Carer and Service User involvement across the South West of England and to that end we have formed the SUCCESS group of carers and service users involved in the Social Work degree across the South West.
I have a lot of experience of Carer issues at local, regional and national levels as well as being involved in forming a charity and fund raising for £500 – £120,000.
I am a member of the SWEP Advisory Group and have been looking at promotional materials for SWEP.