Social Care Providers are playing a critical role in protecting and caring for the most at-risk citizens in our communities. These are challenging times and the leadership of social care in Wales really appreciates everything you are doing to keep people safe.
The aim of this briefing is to keep providers informed of the latest updates, provide advice and respond to general enquiries.
Wales TUC older workers toolkit launch
What challenges do older workers face in the workplace? How does age impact upon a person’s career, prospects, and dignity at work? What can we do to eliminate ageism and allow older workers to fulfil their potential?
Support for EU Citizens available through Settled.org
EU/EEA citizens must apply into the EU Settlement Scheme to live and work in the UK after 1st January 2021. The scheme grants them a legal status that protects their citizen’s rights and enables them to continue accessing welfare services. If you know of anyone in need of support (a neighbour, a colleague, a friend or a client) our website www.settled.org.uk provides information in 15 languages. Settled provide advice in 8 languages over the phone and have presence on Twitter and Facebook with Forums and Webinars in different languages.
Contact in Wales: Eva Plajerova – 07511 214678 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Care Home Cymru
Care Home Cwtch evaluation
Improvement Cymru would like your help evaluating Care Home Cwtch, a forum that provides care home managers with opportunities to network and share experiences, improvement ideas and best practice. The evaluation will help support and shape its future. The survey is open until 31 August 2020.
Cymorth Cymru & All Wales Forum
Extended households options and Supported Living
Cymorth Cymru & All Wales Forum resources
From the 3rd July individuals living in shared houses have had a right to join up with one other household to increase their social circle.
Being a tenant in a shared house means we all need to try and work together to make sure we can start re-doing the things that matter most to us, including seeing the people we love, but in a way that helps us to care for each other and respect the people we live with and their family and friends.
We need to have really good conversations where we all listen to everyone’s voice and wishes.
We have produced a summary document with the key points discussed, for use by people, providers and families in having these conversations.
Social Care Wales
Time for you
‘Time for you’ is new peer support network for managers of domiciliary care services in Wales.
The network will meet for one hour, every fortnight on Zoom for 12 weeks. Meet ups will have an independent host and you’ll join smaller ‘breakout’ groups to share experiences, discuss any issues you may want advice on, and share tips and ideas. These groups will remain the same over the 12 weeks.
This network is aimed at those with a level 4 or 5 qualification running a domiciliary care service or who have responsibility for managing staff or teams. Get in touch if you’re not sure if this is for you.
The first meet up will be on Thursday, 3 September at 11.30am. To book your place or to find out more, email email@example.com
WeCare Wales jobs portal
Social care employers: we want to help address the staff shortages you might be facing right now. To help you find the right people to fill your vacancies and support your business, we’ve created a jobs portal that will list current social care jobs in Wales.
Post your job vacancies on Twitter and include the following details:
hashtag: #WeCareWalesJobs (you must include this).
Updated Public Health Wales guidance for care homes and new Frequently Asked Questions re. 28 day rule
The key changes are:
Public Health Wales has also published revised Frequently Asked Questions to provide additional clarity for care homes services on when an outbreak of COVID-19 will be deemed to have ended
Introduction of new smoke-free requirements.
Care Sector Update
New smoking legislation is being planned in Wales which will make certain outdoor spaces such as outdoor care settings for children, school grounds, hospital grounds and public playgrounds smoke-free. The new requirements will also impact the care sector, as designated smoking rooms in adult care homes or adult hospices will now include a condition that they are only to be used by residents of those premises.
If you have any comments or feedback on what would help you to implement the requirements please let us know at: TobaccoPolicy@gov.wales by Friday 4 September 2020
Guidance for unpaid carers: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for those who provide unpaid care for family and friends.
£4 million funding pot for childcare providers in response to Coronavirus
Funding of over £4 million has been announced today (12 August) by the Welsh Government to support childcare providers affected by COVID-19.
Optional badges and lanyards to promote ongoing social distancing
All badge/poster templates are available to download along with design guidelines and a comms pack for organisations.
Volunteering during the coronavirus pandemic
How you can safely help vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 testing strategy
Our strategy for testing for COVID-19 in Wales
Major boost to COVID-19 testing turnaround times in Wales
Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced nearly £32m to speed up result turnaround times.
Keeping records of staff, customers, and visitors: test, trace, protect
Guidance issued by the Welsh Ministers under regulation 13 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 2) (Wales) Regulations 2020.
Essential travel restriction on public transport to be lifted
The Welsh Government has confirmed the essential travel restriction on public transport will be lifted from Monday, 17 August, opening up trains and buses to more potential passengers.
Travelling safely (coronavirus): guidance for the public
How to be safe when walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus pandemic.
Getting food and essential supplies during the coronavirus pandemic
How you can get food and essential supplies if you are shielding, self-isolating or a critical worker.
Brother Engineering plans to make half a million masks per day
A Swansea based engineering company has adapted its way of working and is now producing surgical masks, creating new jobs and supporting the Welsh Government’s efforts to increase Welsh production of much needed PPE.
Advice on coronavirus from the Technical Advisory Cell
Information to help ministers respond in the best interests of the Welsh population to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Technical Advisory Cell: summary of advice 14 August 2020
Summary of COVID-19 advice provided to Welsh Ministers on 14 August 2020.
Future planning for Coronavirus in Wales
The Coronavirus Control Plan for Wales today (Tuesday 18th) sets out how all partners – including local government, health boards, businesses and the people of Wales - must work together to manage the risks of coronavirus.
Coronavirus control plan for Wales
The coronavirus control plan for Wales sets out how we will all work together to manage the risks of coronavirus in Wales.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) related statistics and research
Latest data and analysis on the effect of coronavirus on society in Wales.
Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF)
The Discretionary Assistance Fund provides 2 types of grant that you do not need to pay back.