Monday, January 6, 2020

The Social Services training departments for the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff work together to provide training and development opportunities to both internal staff and external providers of social care across the whole region. Our Regional Workforce Partnership (RWP) website can be viewed at: www.cardiffandvalesocialcare.co.uk/

A sub-group of the RWP has been looking at the training available to unpaid carers, including young carers, and how this can be made more available to a wider range of people in the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff.

We are working together to identify, communicate, deliver services and support unpaid carers. We will also promote and share good practice, and find innovative and sustainable ways of supporting carers more effectively. This is a good time to look at distance learning and the e-modules that are available on various portals.

It is clear that unpaid carers place a high importance of having the necessary skills to undertake their caring role and would like appropriate training courses to do so. Carers Wales' State of Caring Report 2018 notes that, "Giving carers the right information, training and equipment at the right time to be able to care well and safely" was a key priority for carers.

One of the difficulties is that the information about the training taking place for carers is scattered across the region, making it hard for carers to find out what is taking place and where it is. It has been the intention to have a central location on the internet which brings all the training information together. We are very pleased that a refreshed RWP webpage specifically for carers, including young carers, has been launched. The webpage, which will expand and develop over time, and will link to Dewis Cymru, is as follows:
https://www.cardiffandvalesocialcare.co.uk/help-for-unpaid-carers/

We would be very grateful if you tell us what other training information you would like to see on this regional webpage and if there is anything that needs to be added. Please email this information to linda@gvs.wales or Richard.Watts2@cardiff.gov.uk

If you are an unpaid carer and would like to get involved in having a say about carer's services in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan there is a Carers Expert Panel, facilitated by Carers Trust South East Wales, which you can join. For more information, please email linda@gvs.wales

If you work in a role which supports unpaid carers and would like to be involved in any of the work outlined above, please email linda@gvs.wales or Richard.Watts2@cardiff.gov.uk

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