Whilst every person has their own challenges and hopes when they’re providing care or support to a family member, friend or neighbour, we recognise that people may be at particular stages or have particular challenges. We’ve tried to compile information in ways that you can find what’s most relevant to you.
I’m about to, or have recently, become an unpaid carer...
You may have been told you’re likely to take on an unpaid care and/or support role. This may be as a family member has had a diagnosis or accident that could limit their future ability to do look after themselves in the way they usually do.
You may have fairly recently started providing care and/or support but feel you would benefit from advice about how to do that to maximise the independence and dignity of your family member or friend. Many unpaid carers should also have help from people who are trained to do specialist or complex tasks, particularly when it comes to medical care. You may not know how to get that.
I’ve been caring for years but could now do with a little help…
You may be one of the thousands of people who have been providing care and/or support for many years but have never had or needed any outside support.
I’m a parent carer…
Parent carers are often the most over-looked group of unpaid carers as they feel they are “just doing what a parent should”. However, if you are parent or guardian of a child that has additional health, care or support needs as they have a physical disability, learning disability or medical/health condition, then you are likely to be eligible for additional support if you want it.
We’re here for all unpaid carers…
Whether you need support with you unpaid caring role; advice if money is a challenge; you need to be able to take more time away from the person you support for your own wellbeing or for work; then we’re really confident we can help make a difference.
If you want to check if you are an unpaid carer or want to know a bit more about this amazing group of individuals, then please click here – where we’ll provide more detail on some of the roles unpaid carers do. Or just get in touch with us.
In your area…
We have three regional teams that work across South East Wales and they have great knowledge about local services. Please click the relevant area link for more information.
Cwm Taf Morgannwg (Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf)
Gwent (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen)
It is estimated that there are more than 370,000 unpaid carers of all ages. These carers provide care worth around £8.1 billion to the Welsh economy each year. The Care Collective works across ten local authority areas in South Wales, which accounts for about 50% of the total number of unpaid carers in Wales.
It is also estimated that 12 per cent of the population of Wales are unpaid carers. This figure could increase to 16 per cent by 2037. These figures include anyone caring for as little as an hour a week. Most people who spend only very limited time on caring will not require any additional support. However, Wales also has the highest proportion of older carers and of carers providing more than 50 hours’ care a week.
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