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  • Please find the meeting notes for our ‘Get to know Multi-Me’ event for professionals who work with learning disability families and their carers, at the link copied below: Multi-Me Professionals Event- Meeting Notes 30.06.2022   Thank you to everyone who attended and shared our event with their networks, The AWF Team

  • Below is a list of organisations and authorities who are providing advice, grants and possible funding to support people during the cost-of-living crisis. The list will keep being updated as we come across further support or when details of grants and funding from the Welsh Government are published. Please see the different sections below. If anything is missing, please let us know by emailing gwen@allwalesforum.org.uk . Thank you in advance.     ENERGY CRISIS, BENEFITS, HOUSING  Scope Disability Energy Support Free energy and water advice to disabled people, helping them to manage their energy and water needs. https://www.scope.org.uk/disability-energy-support/    Older People’s Commissioner for Wales  Cost of Living: Financial Entitlements – Frequently Asked Questions. The Commissioner has brought together helpful information to answer some key questions about the financial assistance that may be available to older people to help them through this difficult time. https://olderpeople.wales/resource/cost-of-living-faqs/ Warm Wales Warm Wales is a CIC working to tackle fuel poverty by offering free advice and support (gas grants, eco funding) to ensure people across Wales and South-West England have warm and safe homes.  https://www.warmwales.org.uk/    Citizens Advice Citizens Advice is an independent organisation specialising in confidential information and advice to assist people with legal, debt, consumer, housing and with benefits, council tax reduction they may be entitled to. Find your local branch at the website link below.  https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/wales/    Charis  Charis manages the energy grant and scheme offered by energy companies through Ofgem, check if there are any active schemes in your area and their eligibility criteria. E-On Energy Fund, E-On Next Energy Fund, British Gas, OVO Energy, SSE and others.  https://charisgrants.com/individuals/     Turn2Us Turn2us has a benefits calculator and grants search tool to help you find out what support you can get alongside adviser locator tools. They also have information on benefits and information on help with paying energy and water bills.  https://benefits-calculator.turn2us.org.uk/     Welsh Water Welsh Water have advice, information and schemes to support those who are on low income and/or benefits.   https://www.dwrcymru.com/en/support-with-bills     Care and Repair Helping older people to live independently in warm, safe, accessible homes. Running the 70+ Cymru service which offers free Home Energy Assessments for people aged 60 and above in Wales.   https://www.careandrepair.org.uk/en/your-area/    British Energy Trust British Energy Trust is an independent Charitable Trust. Its mission is to alleviate the detrimental impact of poverty, with a focus on fuel poverty.  https://britishgasenergytrust.org.uk/     Workshop Money Matters – Contact Cymru Fri, 8 July 2022 10:00 – 12:00 Workshop with Contact Cymru for parents of children and young people with disabilities or additional learning needs living in Wales.   https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/money-matters-registration-337341406227    Debt StepChange Step Change, the Debt charity have a page dedicated to information and support around the Cost-of-living Crisis and can provide free debt help.  https://www.stepchange.org/how-we-help/rising-cost-of-living.aspx     Breathing Space scheme  Breathing Space (sometimes called the ‘Debt Respite Scheme’) is a free government scheme that could give you up to 60 days’ space from creditors to focus on getting debt advice and setting up a debt solution.  If you apply and are eligible, all creditors are informed and must stop any collection or enforcement activity. You’ll still need to keep making your regular payments if you can afford to.  StepChange can help with applications: https://www.stepchange.org/how-we-help/breathing-space-scheme.aspx     WELSH GOVERNMENT  Benefits Many people are unaware they may be entitled to benefits that could offer them the support they need. If you are unsure about what benefits you can claim, Advicelink Cymru can help you check and claim what’s yours. Call the free helpline on 0808 250 5700 Find out more here: https://gov.wales/claim-whats-yours Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF)  The Welsh Government with this fund is providing two grants.   Emergency Assistance Payment (EAP)  A grant to help pay for essential costs, such as food, gas, electricity, clothing or emergency travel if you:  are experiencing extreme financial hardship  have lost your job  have applied for benefits and are waiting for your first payment  You cannot use it to pay for ongoing bills that you cannot afford to pay.  Individual Assistance Payment (IAP)  A grant to help you or someone you care for live independently in their home or a property that you or they are moving into.  Use the grant to pay for:   a fridge, cooker or washing machine and other ‘white goods’   home furniture such as beds, sofas and chairs  https://gov.wales/discretionary-assistance-fund-daf     Cost of Living Support Scheme  A payment of £150 can be made to households in receipt of support Council Tax Reduction Scheme entitlement condition and households occupying properties in council tax Bands A to D. Some will be contacted directly from their Local authority but if you aren’t paying through direct debit or in receipt of support it may be worth checking if you have to apply through your local council.  Please check your local authority’s website.  https://gov.wales/cost-living-support-scheme-guide-local-authorities-html     £500 Support payment for Unpaid Carers  The Welsh Government has announced a one-off payment of £500 for unpaid carers in receipt of carers allowance. Please find out more and the links to apply at your local council at the link below.  https://www.allwalesforum.org.uk/500-support-payment-for-unpaid-carers/     Cost Of Living Support Fund for Unpaid Carers  The Welsh Government has launched a new fund to support unpaid carers in Wales during the cost-of-living crisis. Carers, who provide care for an adult or disabled child, will be able to apply for grants of up to £300 to pay for food, household items and electronic items.  Support services, such as counselling, financial advice, well-being and peer support will also be available. It comes as part of a £4.5m Welsh Government investment in the Carers Support Fund over the next three financial years, made up of £1.5m each year. We will share on our platforms the details of how to apply for the fund as soon as they are published.  https://gov.wales/new-fund-launched-support-unpaid-carers-wales-during-cost-living-crisis     Pupil Development Grant- Access  Learners currently eligible for free school meals can apply for the grant of £125 per learner, and £200 for those learners entering year 7, recognising the increased costs associated with starting secondary school.  The parents More…

  • Diolch yn fawr to all our families As we approach the end of #CarersWeek2022, we, from the AWF team wanted to take a moment to thank all the family carers who work with us on a day-to-day basis. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to ensure your voices are heard at the government and policy levels. Without you, we wouldn’t know what direction to follow, what ideas to build on and how to move forward. Your ideas, your voices, your contributions and your feedback are the core of what we build on and the reason we keep fighting for change. The Forum was built and established by families and keeps running because of families. In the last 30 years, we’ve seen some change, granted, not as much as we would have liked to, but the journey towards change is a long one and the only way to make it is by moving forward. So, what happens after #CarersWeek2022? The Caring Communities of Change project continues in full force! Upcoming events: June 16th at 11 am – Online Learning Conversations Cross-Sector Working with “Bridging The Gap”, the award-winning NEWCIS’ project. An event to connect learning and good practice in Wales for the benefit of family carers and share ideas worth spreading. Please register your place here.   June 30th at 11 am – Online Multi-Me – Connecting Families and Professionals Together A dedicated event to explore the digital advocacy platform Multi-Me and look at its benefits for families and professionals. Please register your place here.   July 13th at 10:30 am – In-person & Online Direct Payments Pooling Workshop, taking place in person at Techniquest in Cardiff or can be joined virtually on Zoom. This workshop will look at the shared learning from previous Direct Payments pooling projects in Wales and explore ideas that will give families the opportunity to pool budgets to access short breaks, community activity and independent living. If you are joining us online please register here. For the in-person event at Techniquest please register here.    Future events in the calendar are: W/C the 12th of September – Welshpool Respitality Celebration Event, launching and celebrating carers accessing breaks through the hospitality and leisure sector. Further details TBC   24th of October 11 am in Llandrindod Wells (Venue TBC) and on Zoom Home from Home Network Meeting – Mid Wales. Connecting families looking to transition to advice, support and options through other families and shared lives carers to provide peer support and professional guidance.   November 15th 11 am National Stakeholder Event – Transitions   November 17th 11 am National Stakeholder Event – Short Breaks & Respite   November 23rd 11 am National Stakeholder Event- Community Activity   We will keep updating the post as details are confirmed regarding future events, please keep an eye on our social media, if you haven’t yet you can do so by following us on Twitter or liking our Facebook page @AllWalesForum. Thanks again. The AWF Team

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The AWF is unique among Learning Disabilities bodies in Wales in that it is the only organisation that represents nationally, collectively and solely the views of Parents and Carers of people with learning disabilities. We are an umbrella body for locally and regionally based organisations and support groups made up of parents and carers. Our wider alliance partners share a commitment in working to improve the rights and recognition of parents and carers and families supporting loved ones living with learning disability. The Forum is also governed by parents and carers, ensuring that our client base has a clear input into the strategic direction and core work of the organisation.

The Forum prides itself on our capacity to reach out across Wales and make real changes, including influencing policy, supporting local alliance groups, engaging in innovative projects and highlighting key areas of need that are yet to be addressed fully.

We achieve most of our work through the true spirit of partnership and shared resources, and we believe that in the future years this method of working will not only continue to prove effective in delivering outcomes, but it will also become essential if we are to continue to generate innovative and essential support solutions to families across Wales.

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Advice helplines


Carers UK provides high quality advice and information to carers and the professionals who support carers. Staffed by experts, they have years of experience of dealing with the problems carers face.

The Advice line is open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm, tel: 0808 808 7777

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Mencap WISE is a free service that offers support, advice and information in English and Welsh. The service is available to everyone in Wales, whether you are a person with a learning a learning disability, a family member or a friend. They can give you the information you need to understand the rights of people with a learning disability and to support them to access services or challenge decisions.

The Mencap WISE Helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, tel: 0808 8000 300

Community Groups

Brecon Carer Groups
Bridgend Parent and Carer Group
Caerphilly Carers Group
Cardiff and the Vale Parents Federation
Ceredigion Carers Forum
Community Lives Consortium Relatives Forum
Conwy Connect – Carers
Denbighshire Carers Forum
Learning Disability Flintshire
Gwynedd LD Carers outreach
Knighton Parent Carer Group
Powys Carers Groups
Mencap Carers Support Group,
Anglesey Mencap
Carmarthenshire family support

Merthyr Carer Action Group
Monmouthshire Carers Group Montgomeryshire Family Carers Centre
Montgomeryshire Open Door parent carer group
Newtown Newtown Carers Group
Parents for Change, Newport
Pembrokeshire Carers Group
Radnor Carers Group
Rhondda Cynon Taff Carers group
Smile Parent Group
The Carers Outreach Service, Bangor
Welshpool Carer Group
Ystradgynlais Parent Group
Llandrindod Wells Carer Group

Mencap Carers Support Group, Anglesey

Denbighshire Carers Forum

Learning Disability Flintshire

Ceredigion Carers Forum

Wrexham Carer Group

The Carers Outreach Service, Bangor

Gwynedd LD Carers outreach

Conwy Connect – Carers

Newtown and Welshpool Carer Group

Montgomeryshire Open Door parent carer group

Montgomeryshire Family Carers Centre

Radnor Carers Group

Knighton Parent Carer Group

Brecon Carers Group

Pembrokeshire Carers Group

Ystradgynlais Parent Group

Mencap Carmarthenshire family support

Merthyr Carer Action Group

Monmouthshire Carers Group

Rhondda Cynon Taff Carers group

Caerphilly Carers Group

Community Lives Consortium Relatives Forum

Bridgend Parent and Carer Group

Parents for Change, Newport

Cardiff and the Vale Parents Federation