A while back we told you about the work that AFC Telford United are doing to engage with Carers. In 2013 they launched TelfordUCare. Recently Ruby together with SDN members John Morris & Chris Alvis were invited to AFC Telford United Presentation Evening. Ruby took opportunity to ask Amanda White lead Carers Champion for an update.
Amanda tells us..
TelfordUcare is a scheme run by volunteers at AFC Telford United in Wellington. The scheme supports those who need physical help (whether permanent or temporary), anyone who attends with their carer, or is a carer themselves. We support both home and visiting fans, providing everything from lap blankets and mobility aids, to tea runs and company. If you should need us, just look for the ladies in pink!
Over the last two seasons we have been fortunate to receive a small amount of funding from the NHS, and have partly used this to provide tickets to events at the football club, enabling our guests to experience events that would have been difficult for if when they have to pay for a carer to support themselves or the person they care for.
The photo is of Anna Parrish, many will know her at AFC Telford United for her sunny smile and quick sense of humour. Even more people will know her for her kindness and willingness to help. Many of our supporters are aware of the public face of the scheme (Amanda White), but Anna has so far declined to take part in the publicity as she is camara shy! Anna joined the TelfordUcare scheme at the beginning of this season as a second team member, and has taken on her role whole heartedly. Many of our supporters are aware of the public face of the scheme (Amanda White), but Anna has so far declined to take part in the publicity as she is picture shy!
This last season has seen few successes on the field, but many in the terraces (such as the community coaching team recruiting Sean Clancey, and the development of the “Family Stand”), as our team is now due to expand. Mary Et, who has been a long-time volunteer at AFC Telford United is moving across from stewarding, to an active role within TelfordUcare. We are very pleased to have her aboard.
Although the exact ticket prices have yet to be confirmed for the coming season, we can confirm that disabled fans can still attend games for the “concession” price, and accompanying carers are free. Please enter by the corner gate and speak to a steward. Parking for Blue badge holders is free, once again, please speak to a steward.
TelfordUcare can be contacted on Twitter @TelfordUcare.