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Carers Matter – Report

‘There’s a will…and where there’s a will there’s a way’ – POWYS CARERS MATTER EVENT 24th November 2017

With powerful speeches from Carers, hot off the press information from key officers and Carers discussing their experiences and ideas – It’s tricky to do justice to the passion and insights of the many participants.

Our Chair, Denise, reflected on the event and the passion of the Carers saying ‘there’s certainly a will….and where there is a will there is a way’. We think she captured the spirit of the moment and it feels like we have an amazing opportunity to work with both Carers and service providers together to make a difference to the key issues Carers are raising.

Respite was such a key issue, we are inviting you to discuss your ideas and insights with key decision makers in Powys on the 23rd February back at the Metropole – more info Click HERE  We think this is a significant opportunity – so if you need any support to pop along such as respite / travel / expenses, please do not hesitate to drop us a line.

Are these recommendations reflecting your voices? Do the next steps in the report summary reflect where you what to take these issues? Are there other ways you would like to be involved? Drop us and e-mail / or phone call – we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Recommendations for Powys County Council and Powys Teaching Health Board 

Carers Matter - Report

a) Retain and build on opportunities for Carer involvement within the Regional Partnership Board and subgroups and engage with Carers in a variety of ways. Link with emerging Powys Carers Action Group over key policy decisions.

b) Continue to resolve workforce shortages so that Carers Assessments can be completed.

c) Discuss and design the future of respite, domiciliary care and other key services with Carers and the people that they Care for, with a focus on local solutions that add social and economic value. Credu can facilitate this.

d) Invest in training local people who are committed to Powys by way of building a skilled workforce.
e) Build in ‘Carer friendly’ employment policies into all public sector contracts.
f) Build on Carer Awareness amongst all staff at all levels so that Carers can access support before crisis.
g) Review awareness and understanding of Parent Carers with education, health and social services.
h) Review where national policies impact on Carers wellbeing negatively (e.g. welfare reform / reduced investment in public services and consider co-producing responses with Carers).
i) Find ways of supporting sustainable local transport solutions.

Recommendations for Credu Connecting Carers

Carers Matter - Report

a) Create opportunities for Carers to be involved in influencing services at
• National level through linking Carers with Carers Wales, Carers Trust and organisations like Citizens Cymru.
• Powys level through a Powys wide Carers Action Group which can link with Regional Partnership Board as well as having a steer over Carer involvement opportunities throughout Powys.
• Thematic action planning workshops that bring Carers and heads of services together to co-design solutions to challenges.
• Community level through local Carer’s groups or groups of Carers that want to come together to tackle common issues.

b) Bring service leaders together with Carers to clarify plans around respite and domiciliary care. and develop solutions to challenges.
c) Co-design a re-energised awareness raising campaign across Powys, build network of Carer Ambassadors at GPs and other organisations.
d) Explore more effective ways to assist with some of the challenges with coordinating services that some parent Carers are identifying
e) Link with Employers for Carers and promote locally. Continue to work with individual Carers who want to train / access employment, to help coach / sign post to opportunities
f) Collect evidence of financial hardships faced by Carers and link with National Campaigns.

Download the Report Summary HERE

Please call 01597 823800 or email carers@credu.cymru if you would like the Full Report emailed to you or printed and sent to you.

 

Vacancy: Young Carers Outreach Worker – Ystradgynlais

Salary: £21,175 pro rataVacancy: Young Carers Outreach Worker - Ystradgynlais
Hours: 21 per week

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS  9am Monday 12th February 2018

INTERVIEW DATE IS Wednesday 21st February 2018 in Brecon

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a movement that facilitates and enables Young Carers to enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing. Are you passionate about supporting young people and communities in a way that is enabling and empowering? Are you excited by the prospect of sharing your own skills and experience, learning new skills, and reflecting on your practice with others? Are you also organised and able to make a tangible, practical difference when working with young people and communities?

• The Rank Foundation are investing in Young Carers in Ystradgynlais and are funding Credu for 3 years to recruit and an outstanding outreach worker who will:
• Undertake skilful one to one work with individuals, helping each individual with what is important to them.
• Help Young Carers build up their sources of support within their school and community, where needed.
• Raise awareness and recognition with Young Carers
• Support and Organise fortnightly groups with Young Carers
• Support and organise trips and experiences with Young Carers

 

Click HERE for Job Description & Person Specification

Click HERE for Application Form

 

Young Carers Awareness Day

Thursday 25th January was National Young Carers Awareness Day.

Several primary schools in Powys received a pack of paper chains onto which the children were asked to write their ideas about ways to show support for young Carers. The paper chains opened up discussion and questions about young carers

Young Carers Awareness Day
Young Carers Awareness Day

Llanfyllin high school had a whole morning of Awareness Raising with Year 7’s taking part in Workshops led by 6th formers and Young Carers Outreach Worker, Sally Duckers. The workshops included a quiz, asking the pupils to act as agony aunts and thinking about the positives and negatives of being a young Carer.

The sixth formers then ran a cake sale over lunchtime raising over £100 for local Young Carers.

Young Carers Awareness Day

Young Carers Awareness Day

Vacancy! Charity Shop Manager Brecon

Full Time: 37.5 hours per week
£16,477.50 per Annum

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our organisation and run our Credu charity shop and Community Carers Hub in Brecon. The Shop Manager’s role requires an enthusiastic and creative individual with lots of energy and motivation in order to lead and develop our staff and volunteers. Commercial awareness and experience of running a charity shop and Managing volunteers is essential. A proactive and “can do” approach is essential in order to achieve the desired financial targets and outcomes. Multi-tasking and flexibility is key to this role as no two days are the same.

For more information click HERE

Have Your Say Day for Young People in Powys

On 20th November we supported Young Carers to attend the county wide ‘Have Your Say Day’ which saw 100 children and young people from schools across Powys discuss issues including Mental health and Wellbeing Being, Physical Health, Apprenticeships and training and Post 16 learning.
We took the opportunity to ask Powys school children about their knowledge of what a Young Carers is, whether they would like to know more about Young Carers and how they would like this information.

34 of the 39 questioned knew what a YC was/did. 37 of the 39 wanted more information from us. When asked how that information would be best received, the top answers were a short film/video, a workshop in school or a school assembly.

We are planning to respond to this for Young Carer Awareness Day on 25th January 2018 by providing activities and assemblies in schools and we are working with a local film maker to produce a short film for schools in 2018.

Carers Matter – FREE event for Carers in Powys

Credu invites Adult Carers to a Free event on Friday 24th November 2017, National Carers Rights Day from 10:30 to 3pm.

*Updates on Benefits, Respite & Carers Rights

*Opportunities for Carers to influence more than ever

*Lovely Lunch

*Information Stalls

*Transport can be provided & respite paid for

*Small Christmas gift for Carers who come along.

 

Carers have been having their say – find out what difference it is making

How Carers can shape Health & Social Services in Powys now and in the future?

Browse stalls with different organisations who can support Carers – see what’s out there!

A poster can be downloaded HERE

 

To book your place call 01597 823800 or go to www.carers-matter-2017@eventbrite.co.uk

If you would like to book a stand for your organisation call 01597 823800 or email chris@credu.cymru

 

 

Community Fundraiser Intern

Are you looking for an opportunity to use your skills and develop your experience in Community Fundraising?

We are looking for an exceptional candidate to apply with us to Rank’s ‘Time to Shine’ 2018 Internship programme for a full-time 12 month opportunity from Jan-Dec 2018 paid at £8.45 per hour.  (see www.rankfoundation.com/flagship-programmes/time-2-shine )Community Fundraiser Intern

‘Its purpose is twofold: to address organisational development gaps within the charity, and to enable a person with the right skills mix, talent and work ethic to experience a 12 month Living Wage paid position in a meaningful work role.’

This is a 2 stage process – apply by sending your CV and covering letter to marie@credu.cymru by 9am on Thursday 9th November.

  1. Intern Selection – Telephone/Skype Interview on Friday 10th November.
  2. Interview with Rank Foundation in Llandrindod Wells at 2pm on Monday 13th November. After this interview we will find out if we have been successful with the funding for the 12 month internship paid at £8.45 per hour

Find the Job Description HERE

Please apply by sending your CV and covering letter to marie@credu.cymru