One of the Partnership’s key priorities is to provide support to Unpaid Carers. The West Glamorgan Regional Carers Strategy was launched in 2023 having being co-produced with members of the West Glamorgan Carers Liaison Forum.
The strategy’s aim is to drive the changes needed to improve services and to enhance the well-being of Unpaid Carers across the region.
There are over 50,000 Unpaid Carers across the West Glamorgan region, many of whom provide care which prevents the need for health and social care interventions.
As a Partnership, we have identified ‘supporting the needs of Carers’ as one of our key priorities. This area of work is delivered through the West Glamorgan Carers Partnership Board, which includes representation from Carers, Swansea Council, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Swansea Carers Centre, Neath Port Talbot Carers Service, and the Councils for Voluntary Service in Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.
A key deliverable for the Board has been the development of a five-year Carers Strategy. This recognises Carers as a critical third pillar of the health and social care system. A downloadable copy of the Strategy can be found below, along with a ‘Quick Reference Guide’ and an ‘Easy Read’ version.
Carers Liaison Forum
Our Carers Liaison Forum brings Carers and people who work with Carers together to support the work of the Partnership.
The Forum’s vision is ‘To create a Forum where Carers can create a collective voice, be heard and help make positive change to health and care services in the West Glamorgan Regional Partnership’.
Specifically, the Forum aims to:
- recognise Carers as the critical third support of the health and social care system.
- recognise Carers as experts by experience.
- ensure it is representative of all types of Carers.
- connect people and networks to one another.
- be an influential and valued voice in the West Glamorgan Regional Partnership, and be a critical friend.
- be a safe space where issues can be discussed and solutions found.
- inspire change for the benefit of all carers.
- be able to ask big questions and help find the answers.
- support more Carers to participate and take on Representative Roles.
How to get involved
We have Carer Representative roles and opportunities for people to co-produce and co-design services that deliver against the ambitions outlined in our Strategy. If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch…