Celebrating National Carers Week (10th – 16th June 2019) Free Events throughout Powys

Celebrating the invisible unsung heroes in our families and communities – Young and Adult Carers

National Carers Week (10th – 16th June 2019) – Free Events throughout Powys

There are over 1000 young people, and approx. 16,000 adults in Powys who are looking after a family member or friend who is ill or disabled. All around us in every community, school, place of work there are people who are looking after someone they love; the biggest, most significant thing that anyone can do for anyone else, yet it can go unrecognised and be very challenging, impacting on how Young Carers achieve at school and their life chances. From an adult Carers perspective, it can often be a struggle looking after their own health and/or juggling work.

Sophie Gibbs, a Carer from Llandrindod Wells said ‘Communities and local organisations need to know about how challenging it is to be a Carer. It can literally be life changing. I had to give up my work to support my partner. However, as a Carer, I still have dreams and aspirations and that’s really important. Never give up and just know that there is support out there and people you can talk to. Carers Week is such an important time to celebrate what Carers achieve and to connect with other Carers. I’m getting involved with the Pop Up Picnic event in Llandrindod, which we hope will build more awareness about caring.’ See attached image of Sophie with Credu Teddy.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid Carers face and celebrate the contributions that they make to families and communities throughout Powys as well as the wider UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as Carers and access much-needed support. This month, we are inviting Carers, services and businesses in the community to come together during Carers Week and celebrate the vital contribution made by Carers in Powys.

If you look after someone or know someone who does, Credu are hosting key events to take place all over Powys throughout Carers Week 2019, celebrating the amazing contributions that Carers make in the lives of loved ones and friends.

The following free events are taking place in Powys to mark Carers Week 10th to 16th of June 2019:

Monday 10th June

  • Information stand at Tesco, Ystradgynlais 11:00 – 17:00.
  • Pamper Day, Elephant and Castle, Newtown 10:00 to 15:30.

Tuesday 11th June

  • Carers Coffee Morning, The Care Centre, Machynlleth 10:30 – 12:00
  • Coffee and Information Morning, The Guildhall, Brecon 10:00 to 13:00
  • Coffee Morning and Awareness Raising at County Hall 12:00 to 14:00
  • Coffee Morning, Llanfair Caereinion Library 11:00 – 13:00

Wednesday 12th June

  • Pamper Day, The Manor, Crickhowell 10.00 to 15:00.
  • Information Stand at Co-Op, Builth Wells, 10:00 – 16:00.

Thursday 13th June

  • Parent Carers Afternoon Tea, Y Plas, Machynlleth 13:30 – 15:30 (Call Mandy Dean to book at 07976 906975).
  • Pamper Day, The Metropole, Llandrindod Wells 10:00 to 15:00.

Friday 14th June

  • Canal Trip, Welshpool 11:00 – 14:00.
  • Opening of Ystrydgynlais Hub, Ystradgynlais 10:00 – 15:00.

Saturday 15th June

  • Buskagynlais in Ystradgynlais, all day
  • Pop up Picnic, Llandrindod, 11:00 – 16:00.

Please contact Credu for information about these events in support of Carers Week.

Call us on 01597 823800. Facebook: ‘Credu Connecting Carers’.

Credu is funded by Powys County Council, Powys teaching Health Board, donors and other funders to enable Young Carers and Adult Carers to get the most out of life with information, advice, emotional support, peer groups as well as timeout from caring.

Carers Rights Day in Powys

Carers Rights Day in PowysSpecial events to help Powys’ unpaid carers access the support they’re entitled to

 

Credu will be hosting a number of special events across Powys to mark Carers Rights Day on Friday 30th November.

Information Stand at Great Oak Café, Llanidloes     11am-1pm

Carers Rights drop in at Credu Hub Machynlleth     11am – 2:30pm

Support and Information with Cllr Joy Jones, FREE mini massage treatments, refreshments and goody bags for Carers, Newtown Library      10am -12noon

Llandrindod Carers group meeting, Marlow, Llandrindod       10am – 1pm

Advice and Information Morning, Guildhall Brecon with Cllr Matthew Dorrance, Angharad Woodland Solicitor & RVS     10am-12:30am

Carers are meeting at the Health Forum in Ystradgynlais Hospital and meeting the new Practice Manager

 

Credu is one of hundreds of groups across the UK taking part in Carers Rights Day, which falls on Friday 30 November 2018. Carers Rights Day is an annual national awareness campaign organised by the charity Carers UK, which aims to reach as many of the 6.5 million carers in the UK as possible with information about their rights and the financial and practical help they are entitled to; including benefits, such as Carer’s Allowance, breaks and access to equipment and technology which can help them in their caring role. This year the charity is encouraging people to think about how caring might affect them now and in the future and what support they might need.

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 2019

Connected Generation

Building a Powys where ALL Older People are Valued, Connected and Thriving Connected Generation VACANCIES 2019

2 x Outreach Workers (x 1 with Credu, Brecon), x 1 with Age Cymru Powys, Montgomeryshrie) £22,949 pro rata, 21 hours per week, based at home, Fixed Term until 31.12.2020

Interview Dates

Age Cymru Powys 24th September in Newtown

Connected Generation VACANCIES 2019

Credu 25th / 26th September in Brecon

 

 

Credu Job Description HERE.   Application Form HERE

Connected Generation VACANCIES 2019

Age Cymru Powys Job Description HERE. Application Form HERE

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 9:00 9 September 2019

 

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

The Connected Generation project, funded by the The National Lottery Community Fund, involves an exciting alliance of Credu (Powys Carers Service Ltd), Age Cymru Powys, Disability Powys, Citizens Advice Powys, and Royal Voluntary Service.

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