Last week it was a pleasure to welcome members of the National Care Association Alliance to our region for its first ‘in person’ board meeting since the pandemic. It was the greatest honour to host a board meeting for the national body in York last Friday (06/10/11) – welcoming care associations like ours from the length and breadth of the country. The most representative body of its kind, the national Association represents more than 7,000 care providers across England! The Yorkshire and the Humber Care Association Alliance is proud to be a member of the national body and to have two of our board – Mike Padgham, Chair of the Independent Care Group, and James Creegan, CEO and Chair of Kirklees Care Association – on its board. The Care Association Alliance plays a vital role for care provision in this country. As the national umbrella organisation for care associations, it informs national policy on care by communicating the challenges, issues, opinions and best practice of grass roots care providers up and down the country to national decision makers. It is one of the key roles of our Association and our member associations to ensure that the experience of providers here in Yorkshire and the Humber is effectively communicated to the Government. Having its board meet here in York gave us the tremendous opportunity to pass on our views on the state of the sector here in our region to the Care Association Alliance.