For more than a decade, SAMS and Parent to Parent have worked nationally to ensure carers are equipped to provide effective leadership in New Zealand. There have been many successful approaches to date, including facilitating a range of workshops such as Partners in Policymaking, Kitchen Table leadership groups, and PARTNERS – Influencing Change.
Care Matters builds on these previous initiatives by ensuring carers have the ability to influence and co-develop approaches and materials “by carers for carers”.
The Carer e-Leadership Network is designed to:
Advise and guide the design and delivery of face-to-face carer learning workshops
Review and co-develop learning and wellbeing resources.
With many new initiatives in New Zealand, Care Matters is committed to ensuring carers:
Have access to accurate current information
Contribute to the development of approaches and supports that best meet their needs
Are equipped with skills to make the best use of existing and emerging opportunities.
This is achieved by Care Matters receiving guidance from:
An Advisory Group comprised of carers and officials who meet face-to-face twice each year
An e-Leadership Network that regularly contributes to informing Care Matters regarding issues, innovations and co-developing resources which will be placed on the Care Matters website.