Our Mission

Carers in Hucknall was first founded in 2003 by Jim Radburn. As a carer to his wife Tina, Jim knew that being a carer was the hardest job people have, with no job training, help, advice or time off.

With help from friends Jim set up the group to give disabled people and their carers the opportunity to meet others in their situation, a place where carers and disabled people in Hucknall, could look forward to coming, get out and meet new friends and also get advice from others to help in their day to day lives caring for their husbands, wife's or loved ones.

Many people have helped along the way, friends like Jane Robbins, Dennis England, Ted Smith, Joy, Sue, Debbie, Paddy Tipping Labour MP, all members of Carers in Hucknall and many more have made the group what it is today.

Not only is this a self help group but we have also helped with pavements and dropped kerbs around the area making sure wheelchair and mobility scooter users have easier access around the area. This involved action, which the group was more than willing to undertake. This resulted in the council taking action and instead of people not able to go out or having to use the road, high street and local changes were made to kerbs and pavements making it easier to get around.

Carers in Hucknall have also celebrated victory after campaigning for the local bus route to be saved. The 125 bus was going to be cancelled around Hucknall and Eastwood, but due to the group and local people the route still exists. The group also raised a lot of money over the last three years on Memory Walk in aid of Alzheimer's.

This work has not gone without recognition, in 2006 the group received the Malcolm Thompson Memorial Award certificate of special merit in recognition of good practice and commitment to health and care in rural Nottinghamshire.

The group has also enjoyed day trips out to West Midlands Safari Park, Chatsworth House, and a day trip to York. We have been supported financially by Counciller Kevin Rostance who has also funded the hire of Hucknall Library, which was our home for several years. Our bi-monthly group meetings now take place at the John Godber Centre located on Ogle Street.