Forward Carers Champion
1960. Neil Joesbury
Neil Joesbury, from Birmingham, is a leading advocate for national charity ‘Forward Carers’ who has undertaken challenges such as a walking tour across Birmingham connecting with local shops, businesses and community groups to raise awareness of support for unpaid carers.
Neil is a carer for both his father and brother but alongside this and a part-time job is leading the social enterprise’s “Carer Friendly Communities” initiative, helping to ensure that people are able to access support where needed and improve wellbeing for carers. He also works with GP practices to improve understanding of support for carers, and acts as a key champion for other carers in the wider area, providing peer to peer support.
“I love working with ‘Forward Carers’. As I always say, if I can help another carer then I have achieved my goal. Being an unpaid carer can be challenging but I love working with other carers who I can help to achieve their goal.”