29th of June 13:30 – 15:00
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Caring Communities of Change
The project will put learning disability family carers, third sector partners and the wider professional network at the heart of service design and delivery across Health and Social Care in Wales.
The All Wales Forum will work in partnership with carer-led network organisations and national third sector organisations to co-produce, pilot and scale up innovative and practical solutions to meet the needs of the families.
What is our goal?
To enable Learning Disability families and third sector partners in Wales to develop services that secure rights, enhance physical, emotional and economic well-being and support family relationships, all through enabling learning disability family carers to have an active contribution to society.
We will collaboratively work with families and national organisation to co-produce and provide responsive and flexible alternative offers to respite care. It will provide options for respite care that can be ‘self-funded’ or paid for through Direct Payments.
These ideas include –
– Exploring and implementing the principles of a Respitality style model in Wales
– Using Direct Payments flexibly to access short breaks and respite care
-Developing a Staycation network for family carers of loved ones with learning disabilities to swap houses over short periods to access short breaks as a family
Progress so far…
We have been working closely with North Wales People Together in Flintshire to design a Direct Payments Toolkit, which can be used by parents, carers and professionals to inform uses of Direct Payments to access short breaks and respite care.
Part of this work will be testing this toolkit to ensure that it helps make the process of applying for, and using Direct Payments flexibly as smooth as possible.
We aim to pilot ideas that give real world examples of Direct Payments being used flexibly to access short breaks and respite by families, in particular accessing varied and flexible breaks through the community tourism network.
What is this meeting for?
The purpose of this meeting is to –
– Progress from collaborating partners from the working groups – including what are the next steps of these working groups
-An opportunity for other organisations to share from similar examples of work in other parts of Wales following the principles of connecting parent and carers to flexible, self funded breaks in the community tourism network
Learning from working groups and other examples across Wales as to –
– What works and why?
– What doesn’t work and why?
– What are the barriers and how will we/have we overcome them?
– How do we grow this work further?
– How do other areas get involved?
Who would we like to talk to?
We welcome anyone with an interest, opinion or experiences in alternative forms of respite care and short breaks for families’. We would particularly like to hear from –
– Parents and carers
-Local authority staff working with carers, people with a learning disability and Direct Payments
– Carer led organisations or groups
– `Local businesses or community interest organisations
I would like to speak to someone before the event…
Feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via 02920 811120 – our office hours are 9am – 5pm Mondays to Thursdays.
The AWF Team