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.

Swervy World Fundraiser

Our thanks to Swervy World and Neve Spencer Möller who played a benefit gig for Young Carers in North Powys last night at The Cross Keys in Llanfyllin. It was a night of soulful singing to brassy upbeat Ragtime dancing which ended in a memorable dance on the high street. Swervy World are on a rural tour with street shows and other paid bookings locally in Oswestry and Shrewsbury.

Swervy World Fundraiser

The event raised £230 and our additional thanks go to The Cross Keys who hosted the event. Swervy World Fundraiser

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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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.

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

Young Adult Carers camp

This years Yac camp was open to all 14-17yr olds from Powys. We camped in Rhayader and had access to the indoor space of Rhayader Junior football club room.

15 Young Adults met up for 3 days of mixed weather which challenged our tents, but we all survived!

Young Adult Carers camp

We used the local swimming pool, had a morning at Elan Valley lakes doing high ropes, the leap of faith and the crate challenge and enjoyed a hot carvery and delicious pudding out at Ty Morgan’s.

 

Young Adult Carers campThe camp also created space for making friends, playing cards, sitting by a campfire and generally chilling.