Who We Support
We support all carers of people with learning disabilities. Most carers are parents, relatives or friends and all of them take the responsibility of caring for, supporting and looking after the interests of their loved ones.
It is impossible to disentangle the needs and interests of carers from those of the people they care for, therefore supporting carers means that we also support all those with learning disabilities. It does not matter what sort of learning disability they possess and whether they have a diagnosis or not.
We support the carers of children and of adults in any sort of setting in which they live, at home, in residential care, in supported living or on their own. We also encourage and support the development of many activities which people with learning disabilities and their carers participate in, whether it is work, education and training, social activities, leisure and so on.
How we support
While we do not have funding for an individual information service we respond to queries through our own office and our networks by pointing people to the information and the services they need.
We support and encourage the development of carers’ groups throughout Wales and we actually run two services directly in Ceredigion and Powys. We try to ensure that the whole of Wales is covered by carers’ networks.
Mostly we work collectively rather than individually on behalf of all carers. Our funding comes mainly from the Welsh Government which is committed to hearing the voice of carers. We sit on several national bodies, notably the Government’s Learning Disability Advisory Group, alongside other partners in the sector. We also work closely with other carers’ and learning disability groups seeking to influence government policy in all fields. In addition we respond to Welsh and UK Government consultations on many issues relating to disability. We take part in training schemes and activities in order to raise awareness of carers’ and learning disability issues