Carer Voice and Influencing Training
Do you feel that unpaid carers need to be heard wherever decisions are being made about health and care services? Are you interested in speaking up for carers in your community, your region or even Wales-wide?
At Carers Wales we believe the experiences of unpaid carers need to be heard and understood by policy-makers, service providers, the public and all organisations involved in health and social care in Wales. That’s why we’re offering free online training to unpaid carers on carer voice and influencing.
Please note this training is only for unpaid carers, not those in a professional capacity.
The training will cover
• Who is responsible for health and care decision making in Wales, from the local level to national
• How carers can get a seat at the table e.g. becoming a Carer Representative, joining a Panel etc, and where to find these opportunities
• Up to date policy developments carers need to know about
• How to be influential and persuasive when communicating with decision makers
Unpaid carers save Wales over £10 billion a year, so the carer voice must be heard at every level.
If you have any questions about the training, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Reserve Your Place
What: Training for unpaid carers on getting your voice heard and influencing decisions at every level, from local to national.
Date: Thursday 26th October, 2023.
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Online via Zoom.
Time for Me
Carers Rights Day
FREE Wellbeing & Information Day
For Unpaid Carers in Carmarthenshire
There will be Wellbeing Workshops available and information for carers on short breaks provisions on Friday 17th November, 2023, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Carers will also be welcome to explore the gardens on the day with a hot buffet Lunch also included.
Carers must book on to the event by telephoning us on 0300 0200 002 to complete the necessary booking details and carers chosen requirements and to reserve a place.
Bowel Screening Wales
Information for Carers
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Wales. Bowel screening aims to find cancer at an early stage when treatment is likely to be more effective. Early detection is key. At least 9 out of 10 people will survive bowel cancer if it is found and treated early.
Bowel screening is currently offered to people who are aged between 55 and 74 and live in Wales. We get address information directly from GPs. It is important that the person’s correct home address is registered with the GP. We do not hold any medical information.
Benefits of Screening
- Finding bowel cancer early gives a person the best chance of survival.
- At least 9 out of 10 people survive bowel cancer if it is found early.
- Bowel screening can help find bowel cancer early, even if a person is well and does not have any symptoms.
- People can complete the bowel test kit at their place of residence.
- The bowel screening test kit is quick and easy to do, with just one small sample of poo needed.
As a carer you may have your own personal views about taking part in screening. Your view may differ from that of the person you care for and you may feel that the person you care for is not making the ‘right’ decision.
You must remember that your role is to provide the person with the correct information (in an appropriate format) and support, so that they can make an informed decision to take part in screening or not. The form below may help you to provide this informed information.
Unpaid Carers: Information, Advice & Support
Living In A Care Home In Wales
Are you a Carer?
“Do you look after a relative, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled, has a mental health concern or problematic substance use and who could not manage without your help? If so, then you are a Carer and there are a number of ways you can get help and support.”
Furnace House Surgery recognises that Carers contribute a significant saving to the NHS by looking after relatives, neighbours or friends who might otherwise have to go into long term care. Young Carers, under the age of 18 may be particularly vulnerable due to their inexperience and lack of life-skills. This practice is committed to providing appropriate support and consideration to its patients who are Carers whatever their age.
What Can We Do To Help?
How Can You Register As A Carer?
Registration forms are available at Furnace House Surgery or speak to any staff member or downloaded here. Forms are also available from other voluntary organisations.
Amanda Sloyan is our Practice Carer’s Lead. You can ask to speak to her by telephone on 01267 236616 or make an appointment for a chat in the surgery.
What Is A Carer's Needs Assessment?
A Carer’s Needs Assessment is your opportunity to tell Social Services about the things that could make caring easier for you. It is an assessment of your needs, not those of the person you are caring for. Every Carer is entitled to an assessment. When you register with us as a Carer, the practice will offer you the chance of a referral.
How Do I Find Out More Information?
Young Carers Service
The national Young Carer I.D. Card, funded by Welsh Government, is now available in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. This enables a coordinated regional approach in supporting young carers, making it easier for them to access the help they need, when it is needed.
For young carers in Carmarthenshire please visit: https://fis.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/family-support/young-carers-service/
More Information For Carers
TO FIND OUT MORE PLEASE CONTACT ANY OF THE SERVICES BELOW:
Carmarthenshire County Council
Young Adult Carers (16-25)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire Carers Information Service
Please write to the Carmarthenshire Carers Information Service at the following address:
The Palms Unit 3
96 Queen Street
Alternatively you may choose to phone them on 03000200002.
Or Email for more information email@example.com
Carmarthenshire Young Carers Service
Other Useful Links
Alternatively visit the NHS website for more information.
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