Voluntary and community organisations throughout Wales play a key role in helping people to stay healthy and well. They are at the heart of the community providing services close to where people live and often to the most vulnerable. This close working with the community means that they are ideally placed to identify local needs and to develop new ways of working to ensure those needs are met. Services provided by the sector are diverse and include things like advocacy, advice, activities and support.
Monmouthshire's Carers Project is a partnership between Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO), Monmouthshire Social and Housing Services, Aneurin Bevan Health Board and Crossroads South East Wales. It aims to ensure that carers know where to go to get help, have an opportunity to talk about support they may need and have help to get that support.
GAVO has a health and social care facilitator in each county borough area to support partnership working between the voluntary sector and other health and social care agencies, particularly social services departments and Aneurin Bevan Health Board.
Carers who register with Monmouthshire Carers Project receive a newsletter three times a year providing news items and information about training days and events for carers in Monmouthshire.
Monmouthshire Carers Strategy Group is made up of carers and representatives from the Carers Project and voluntary organisations. The group meets every six weeks to plan services for carers.
Monmouthshire Carers Handbook provides carers with practical advice and information. It tells carers about their right to receive a Carers' Assessment, legal rights, money matters and benefits, taking a break from caring, help from social services and health services and much more.
There are a number of support groups for carers in Monmouthshire. An up to date list is available from the Carers Co-ordinator who is based in GAVO.
A new partnership between Newport City Council, Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations, Telecare Service and the Carers Contact . Carers Contact had concerns that if a carer should be involved in an accident, how could anyone be informed that the cared for person would need assistance. Please see our Emergency Card (pdf) leaflet for further information.
You may be entitled to a Carers Assessment (pdf). This would provide you with an opportunity to talk to a Social Worker about your needs as a carer. To receive a Carers Assessment, please contact the Social Work Services Duty Team by calling into the Corn Exchange, High Street, Newport or by telephoning 01633 656656
Monmouthshire Young Carers Project is a way for young people between the ages of 8-18 to have a break. It provides social activities, youth clubs, advocacy, information and training courses.
Tracey Davies, Carers Co-ordinator
GAVO, Holly House, Llancayo Court, Llancayo,
Usk, Monmouthshire, NP15 1HY
Tel: 01291 672352
Contact by email