Across Wales Walk – Fundraising News

June 23 2018 – Across Wales Walk.Across Wales Walk - Fundraising News

Outreach Worker extraordinaire, Janie from Llandrindod, will be walking 42 miles from Machynlleth to Anchor! Let’s accompany and support her, for all, or part, of the journey, whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery of Mid Wales.

Janie’s Just Giving page is at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/youngcarersacrosswaleswalk

More about the walk is at www.rotaryacrosswaleswalk.org

Respite Matters – Time for Action!

To improve Respite, Carers came together on 23rd March 2018 with leading decision makers in Powys, including Cabinet member Cllr Stephen Hayes, to share stories and work out some immediate improvement actions.

View the report & Action Plan HERE

Next Steps – Carers are invited to an Action Forum to taking forward actions identified on
WEDNESDAY 11TH APRIL 2018 at the METROPOLE HOTEL, Llandrindod @ 2.00PM

Let us know you’re coming by booking on HERE or calling 01597 823800.

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Vacancy! Adult Carers Outreach Worker – Machynlleth & Llanbrynmair

Adult Carers Outreach Worker – Machynlleth & Llanbrynmair

Salary: £22,950 pro rata
Hours: 21.25 per week
1 year contract, extension subject to funding

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 9am Monday 9th April 2018
INTERVIEW DATE IS Thursday 19th April 2018

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a movement that facilitates and enables unpaid Carers to enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing. Are you passionate about supporting 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 Tudor Trust are investing in Carers in Machynlleth & Llanbrynmair and are funding Credu for one year to recruit an outstanding outreach worker who will:
• Undertake skilful one to one work with individuals, helping each individual with what is important to them.
• Help Carers build up their sources of support where needed.
• Raise awareness and recognition with Carers
• Support the development of learning opportunities with Carers, peer support groups
• Support Carers to have a voice and influence within their community and with service providers

Job Description & Person Specification CLICK HERE

Application Form CLICK HERE

Ceri’s Story

Can you tell us a little about you?Ceri's Story
Married to David for nearly 21 years, I am a mother of 4. Three boys and a girl. Two of my sons are autistic. My main passions in life are art and design. I trained as a window dresser. I really enjoy creating anything from making haunted houses on Halloween to going Christmas bonkers and decorating my house! I have suffered with bipolar since a young age and have battled with long period of being depressed. After my last serious bout, I became agoraphobic. I would only got to relatives houses if I was with husband; it was a massive strain on everyone in the family. With depression, you distance yourself from friends, family and just live ‘day to day’.

Why did you decide to get involved?
I was scrolling down Facebook and I saw a post asking for volunteers at the Credu shop in Machynlleth. At first I wasn’t sure if I could get myself out there and “talk to strangers”; even being in a new environment seem so daunting to me. After worrying for a few hours, I took the plunge and sent a message to offer myself as a volunteer. I hoped that my training as a window dresser might help and give me an outlet to use my skills.

Did you feel that you were making a difference as a volunteer?
As soon as I began volunteering I felt I was making a difference. I knew everything from the sorting to the till work was all helping Credu create funds to support the many Carers we have even in the Bro Ddyfi area. As my confidence grew I noticed that every interaction with customers who were Carers made a difference. I could relate to people with caring responsibilities as I care for my two sons with autism.

What is your proudest moment?
I’ve had so many proud moments while I have been at Credu. Some as simple as designing a window for the summer carnival with all the amazing compliments from the public. Another was being the first port of call a lady made after her relative died knowing we were there to lend a shoulder to cry on. And of course, becoming the shop manager when 18 months ago I was unable to leave my home. I am now coming to work and feeling a valued member of staff here at Credu.

As well as making a difference for others has volunteering made a difference to you?
It has given me an inner strength I never knew I had. It isn’t plain sailing for me medically; I will always have to take care of myself, but if you had said two years ago that I would be running a shop, I would of never believed it. Credu has set me free and made me see what is achievable

What advice would you give to anyone else thinking about volunteering?
Do it by volunteering. No matter how little time you have, that time is valuable to the people who desperately rely on the generosity of volunteers to support their charities. Hopefully you will find your inner strength like I did and have the wonderful feeling of knowing you’re helping others.

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