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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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.

 

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

 

 

Connected Generation VACANCIES

Do you want to be part of a movement that facilitates and enables older people experiencing difficult life challenges to enjoy a Connected Generation VACANCIESgreater 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 people and communities?

The Connected Generation project, funded by the The Big Lottery Fund, involves an exciting alliance of Credu (Powys Carers Service Ltd), Age Cymru Powys, Disability Powys, Citizens Advice Powys, and Royal Voluntary Service. Between us we are recruiting for ten posts across Powys to deliver an ambitious project that makes a significant, positive impact with Older People in Powys as well as influencing policy and practice at a national level.Connected Generation VACANCIES

Connected Generation VACANCIES

6 x Outreach Workers (x 2 with Credu, Brecon & Llanfyllin), x 2 with Age Cymru Powys, x 2 with Disability Powys) £22,722 pro rata, 21 hours per week, based at home working in either North or South Powys.
Interview Dates 15th / 16th November 2017

Application Form HERE.

Credu Job Description HERE. Age Cymru Powys Job Description HERE. Disability Powys Job Description HERE

 

1 x Generalist AConnected Generation VACANCIESdviser, Welfare Benefits and Debt Caseworker/Supervisor (Citizens Advice Powys) £25,951, full time, Newtown or Brecon (Application pack on www.powyscitizensadvice.org.uk)
Interview Date 7th November. Interviews will be held in Newtown

RVS 2 x Senior Service Assistant (Volunteer Recruitment and Support) £22,722 pro rata, 16 hours per week, based at home, oneConnected Generation VACANCIES to work in North Powys and one to work in South Powys

Application pack on https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/about-us/working-for-us/jobs
Interview Dates 21st & 22nd November 2017

 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR ALL POST IS extended to 9am on 10th November 2017

Abbey-cwm-hir Hall visits

Credu invites Carers & their guests for relaxing days out to Abbey-Cwm-Hir HallAbbey-cwm-hir Hall visits

Following great feedback from Carers after our visit last year, we are able to offer special rates for visits on

 

Saturday 9th September – More information & to book online click HERE

and

Christmas Visit on 25th November – More information & to book online click HERE

If you would prefer to book over the phone call 01597 823800

Health and Wellbeing Sessions for Carers

Throughout 2017 Credu has been working in partnership with An Apple a Day, a Powys -based social enterprise company supporting the health and wellbeing of the people and communities of Wales.

Health and Wellbeing Sessions for Carers

We have more interactive and engaging workshops coming up for Carers. Each session is 3 hours long and is followed by a lunch and chat time.

You can come to any of the events, or all of them!

  1. Stressless – designed to give practical solutions to deal with ‘whatever life throws at you’!
  2. Laughter and Happiness – Choose to be happy. Understand more about how much control you have over your own happiness. Includes a practical ‘laughter therapy’ session.
  3. Sleep Easy – The essential tools needed to support a sleep routine and good sleep. Practical mindfulness and relaxation sessions.

Feedback from our Welshpool sessions

‘Fully Supported, Wonderful experience of sharing with other, Great New tools to help with reducing stress. Therapies offered a wonderful treat. A really wonderful day where I felt cared for, nurtured and supported, with excellent learning resources. Thankyou.’

Wonderful to laugh with no agenda

‘Forgot about my aches and pains for a while – lovely’

 

Upcoming events are in Brecon, Ystradgynlais and Machynlleth. Carers can book places by calling 01597 823800 or by following the links below – you will need to book on each individual event.

 

Area Session Date & Time  Venue Booking Link
Brecon Laughter & Happiness Tuesday 19th September

10am-3pm

Red Kite Meeting Room, Brecon Tourist Information Centre, Brecon. LD3 9DA  Book HERE

or call 01597 823800

Brecon Sleep Easy Wednesday 15th November

10am to 3pm

Red Kite Meeting Room, Brecon Tourist Information Centre, Brecon. LD3 9DA  book HERE or call 01597 823800
Ystradgynlais Stress Less Thursday 9th November

10am – 1pm

The Welfare Ystradgynlais, Brecon Road, Ystradgynlais. SA9 1JJ Book HERE or call 01597 823800
Ystradgynlais Laughter & Happiness Wednesday 13th December

10am -1pm

The Welfare Ystradgynlais, Brecon Road, Ystradgynlais. SA9 1JJ Book HERE or call 01597 823800
Ystradgynlais Sleep Easy Thursday 25th January

10am – 1pm

The Welfare Ystradgynlais, Brecon Road, Ystradgynlais. SA9 1JJ Book HERE or call 01597 823800
Machynlleth Stress Less Wednesday 4th October

10am – 1pm

Machynlleth and District Care Centre, Forge Rd, Machynlleth. SY20 8EQ Book HERE or call 01597 823800
Machynlleth Laughter & Happiness Wednesday 25th October

10am – 1pm

Machynlleth and District Care Centre, Forge Rd, Machynlleth. SY20 8EQ Book HERE or call 01597 823800
Machynlleth Sleep Easy Wednesday 22nd November

10am -1pm

Machynlleth and District Care Centre, Forge Rd, Machynlleth. SY20 8EQ Book HERE or call 01597 823800

 

Give your views on the wellbeing of future generation in Powys

Give your views on the wellbeing of future generation in PowysViews are being sought by the Powys Public Service Board on their draft vision and objectives which aim to improve well-being for future generations in Powys.

Details about the Well-being of Future Generations Act are available on the Welsh Government website (click here).

Please take a look and contribute your views by 17th September. It is important to add our voice to help shape policy for our county.

Get Into Rural Skills – 18-30s Near Brecon

Get Into Rural Skills - 18-30s Near Brecon

Are you 18-30, working under 16hrs per week, not in education or training and living near Brecon?

The Prince’s Trust and The Brecon Beacons National Park are running a 2 week training programme for young people interested in learning Rural Skills.

To access this programme, you need to attend a taster day on 17th August 2017.

The programme will run from 21 August – 1st September 2017.

This programme will be based in Brecon Beacons National Park.

 

For more information visit the Princes Trust Website HERE