An adult carer speaking at a conference and making the carers' voice heard at national level

We make the link between Carers, service providers and policy makers – both locally and nationally – by feeding back Carers’ thoughts and experiences; in order to shape policy and legislation, and improve services for Carers and the people they support.

We run campaigns, carry out consultations, and surveys – keep an eye on the newsletter and on the blog for regular updates. It is important that you take part and comment if you can, and wish to do so.

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Below you will find summary information about some projects and about the Carers Engagement Forum.

The Carers Voices project is part of One Powys Connecting Voices funded by The Big Lottery. Ours is one of 6 projects under PAVO that are aimed at giving the people of Powys a greater say in the design and delivery of services in their county. The projects will be delivered in context of the One Powys Plan and will link strongly with the Local Service Board and its partnership arrangements.

The six projects are:

  • The Carers Voices project (2 projects in one) delivered by Credu/Powys Carers Service and Crossroads Mid and West Wales. This will enable the voices of Carers to be heard by the service providers.
  • The Neurological Conditions Awareness Raising project, delivered by the Montgomeryshire Alliance of Neurological Groups and Organisations (MANGO). This will enable more participation by people with long term neurological conditions.
  • The Sparks project delivered by Powys Advocacy for Children. This will create a platform for the voices of children under 11 years of age.
  • The Young Adult Peer Support project delivered by Ponthafren Association. This will offer peer support and mentoring to enable the voices of young people (16 – 25 years) with mental health issues to be heard.
  • The Good Neighbour project delivered by Mid Wales Food and Land Trust will enable the voices of the elderly and infirm in Welshpool, Newtown and Llanidloes to be heard.
  • The Powys Transition and Low Carbon Communities Network will enable 15 self-help environmental community action groups to have a voice in environmental planning.

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The Powys Carers Partnership Board (Powys County Council) is now called the Carers Engagement Forum. It advises Powys County Council and the Local Health Board on ways in which to improve services for Carers. It is chaired by a Carer and attended by most of the organisations that provide services to Carers in Powys, including voluntary organisations and Health and Social Services representatives.

The Carers Engagement Forum also develops suggestions for new services and improvements to existing ones. It receives information from Powys County Council, The Health Board, Voluntary organisations and the Carers Forum as well as from individual carers.

It meets once a quarter and new Carers who would like to get involved are always welcome. Travel expenses are paid as well as any additional cost of replacement care for the person you care for. Get in touch with us if you wish to offer feedback or join the Carers Engagement Forum.