About Caritas

CARITAS was founded by three local people, Alan Bradford, Patricia Graham and Gordon Balmforth, all of who have had some experience in dealing with such situations. In order to promote the foundation and to help raise funds for its work, a CD has been produced of a song called “Peace And Harmony”.

Alan Bradford: a local singer and songwriter. He is sadly no longer with us but was the driving force behind CARITAS and the CDs, and writer of “Peace And Harmony”.

Gordon Balmforth: Composer, arranger and MD. Has written the arrangement of Peace & Harmony and coached the singers. Also composed songs for the Christmas CD

Pat Graham: Background in musical theatre. She has co-ordinated the singers required, especially the children’s choir.

In 2006 Elaine Cockram joined us, bringing with her a wealth of experience as a healthcare professional who specialises in long-term medical conditions. Following the death of Alan she took over as Chairman.

In 2012 Beth Dale joined us, she has experience of working in the voluntary sector.

Wherever possible, CARITAS aims to raise funds by doing what its founders know best: music. As well as recording CDs, we also go all over the area with live performance of music of all types from music hall to cabaret.

Caritas is an organisation dedicated to helping individuals with long-term medical needs or helping their carers. Its aim is to cover those areas of life and daily living where statutory bodies cannot assist, no matter how deserving the case, because of their own rules and regulations.

We all know someone who needs our help: they may benefit from help with painting exterior woodwork at home; complementary therapy not available from the NHS, an extra –loud doorbell; or a respite break, and so on.

Caritas will aim to fill that need either financially or by supplying the right person for the job.

Although some supporting evidence for requests will be required, intrusion into private and personal matters will be kept to a minimum and the Data Protection Act will be adhered to at all times.

1. The essence of the scheme is to provide relief and assistance (financial or otherwise) for either or both the individual (see para 2 below) and the carer (see para 3 below), which is not otherwise available. Either the individual or the care may instigate the request.
The term individual refers to a person with long-term medical (clinical or surgical) needs. The individual should be receiving all available statutory help (from National and Local Government benefits and services). The medical condition should be verified by a suitably qualified health professional with knowledge of the individual. Entitlement to statutory benefits and services (or non-entitlement) should be verified by
i. a statement from the individual
ii. basic (non-detailed) documentary evidence.
3. A carer is a person (not necessarily a relative or resident with the individual) who has substantial involvement in the care of the individual. There is no definitive description of the time involved in such care.
4. A grant will usually be a one-off payment of, or contribution towards the capital cost of goods or services relevant to the individual or carer. Some idea of the cost, supported by documentary evidence, will be required with the request for goods or services.
5. In the case of alternative or complementary therapy, no medical evaluation or judgement ought to be applied.
6. In the event of a request being made for continuous, on-going assistance, consideration may be given to regular, specified payments for an agreed, finite period.
7. In all cases, payment will be made, where practical, to the suppliers of goods and services.
8. Requests for help may come from individuals with medical problems or directly from carers. Where requests are made for alternative or complementary therapies, value-judgements or medical evaluation will not normally be made: if it seems as though an individual believes that something like that can help, then that is the starting point from which Caritas will operate.