Policy, Research and Engagement

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Funded by the Shaw Foundation and the Waterloo Foundation, Carers Trust Wales has developed an exciting programme of activities to engage meaningfully and innovatively with carers and professionals over the next 3 years.

We are focusing our work on creating networks of key stakeholders, developing useful and relevant resources and working with diverse groups of carers to ensure significant impact on the support for and recognition of carers across Wales.

Establishing a policy, research and advisory group

We are committed to championing the role of high-quality, evidence-based research, in shaping policy and practice for carers in Wales.

Our advisory group, comprising respected, experienced, researchers from Welsh universities, the third sector, policy makers and decision makers, meet regularly to work with us to guide, lead and create opportunities for carers in Wales.

Listening to carers

We are committed to embedding carers voices in our work.

This year we will hold three ‘listening sessions’ across Wales.

This will include:

  • Carers of people with dementia
  • Bereaved carers
  • Carers from black and minority ethnicity groups

This will allow us to reflect on our practice and share notable practice across Wales to inspire and inform service improvement. We will co-produce resources and campaign on what carers tell us is most important to them.

Breakfast briefings

In 2020 we will be holding four themed Breakfast briefings to engage and inspire decision-makers and policymakers.

We will develop thought-leading, sector- leading policy, research and practice through these dynamic, vibrant and innovative events.

You can keep in touch with our programme of events by following us on Twitter @carerstrustwal or by emailing Faaiza at fbashir@carers.org.

Dementia roundtables for professionals

This year we will lead three roundtables for health and social care professionals in north, south and mid Wales to champion the rights, needs and voices of unpaid carers who are supporting family members or friends with dementia.  

We will develop a new resource to support carers of people with dementia which will include information, support and further signposting for carers who need advice at a time which can be incredibly challenging.

We will also continue to strongly advocate for carers’ lives to be improved through the implementation of Welsh Government’s Dementia Action Plan for Wales.

Active Young Carers

Building upon our pilot programme held in 2019 we are currently undertaking research into physical activity of young carers in Wales. The multi-method approach will tell us:

  • About the health of identified young carers in Wales
  • What provision carers services offer young carers
  • Young carers’ attitudes to health and wellness
  • What wider research evidence for the physical health of young carers is.

Building on this research we will develop a policy paper and recommendations based on this strong-evidence base, helping increase the knowledge and understanding of policy makers, commissioners and frontline staff. 

For more information about our policy, research and engagement work please contact Faaiza at fbashir@carers.org.