Care Providers give critical support to the most at-risk citizens in our communities, and the leadership of social care in Wales is proud for your continued commitment and hard work.
The aim of this briefing is to keep providers informed of the latest updates, provide advice and respond to general enquiries.
Social Care Wales
Getting through together
We would like to invite you to our new online peer support network. This network is aimed at anyone working in care who has experienced grief, bereavement or loss at work during the pandemic. If you need space to talk, you can connect with others who have had similar experiences, in a confidential space.
We will meet up once a month for an hour on Zoom. The first sessions are on 18th and 25th March.
To find out more or book a place, please contact Asha on email@example.com or join one of our drop in sessions where we will explain more. Just click on the adjacent Zoom links to join.
This is a partnership between Social Care Wales, Age Cymru, Care Forum Wales and Hospice of the Valleys.
9th March 5pm-6pm Link to join
15th March 8am – 9am Link to join
Public Health Wales
Launch – Resource Platform for care home and domiciliary staff
Dear Care Home Manager,
We’re pleased to launch a new Care Home Cymru Resource Platform for Care Home and Domiciliary Staff today. It is available on both an app (English only) and a website (bilingual) and is easy to access from a phone or desktop.
Busy staff can find information on infection control, wellbeing, recognition of deteriorating residents, COVID-19, training and other useful contacts. Easily accessible when working shifts in a care setting.
Please share this email with colleagues and staff so they can access the digital app and website.
The Resource Platform can be accessed by:
If you use Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn please retweet/share posts from our accounts:
Facebook & LinkedIn: @ImprovementCymru
Facebook & LinkedIn: @GwelliantCymru
Or you can send a quick tweet about it for us by clicking here: https://clicktotweet.com/dJ1Ln
Click here for more information about the resource platform (from 03.03.21) https://phw.nhs.wales/services-and-teams/improvement-cymru/news-and-publications/news/resource-platform-for-care-home/
National Commissioning Board
Workers in health and social care during Covid-19
– University of Greenwich Research Study
The University of Greenwich is conducting research exploring the experiences of workers in health and social care during Covid-19. The research team is looking for home care and residential care workers, primarily from the Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, to participate in interviews and focus groups.
More information on the study is attached.
Interviews and focus groups will be on-line (via Zoom) and at a convenient time to workers. A £25 gift card will be given to each participant to acknowledge their time in the current situation.
To take part in either an interview or a focus group, please email Sian Moore at the University of Greenwich at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please help to circulate the information /opportunity
Marie Curie / Care Forum Wales
National day of Reflection 23rd April 2021
Marie Curie is holding a National Day of Reflection that Care Forum Wales is supporting. The idea is to come together to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved and hope for a better future. There’s a range of activities and a programme of events that are supported by celebrities (to be confirmed). There’s a video about the day and resources here: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/day-of-reflection
and a separate resource pack for people who want to join in with the virtual choir https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/day-of-reflection/virtual-choir-resources The idea of the day is to involve as many people in the community as possible.
Volunteering framework in health and social care project
WCVA Helpforce Cymru is leading on this project and working with Bevan Commission, Social Care Wales and Richard Newton Consulting Ltd as project partners. The project is funded by Welsh Government from the Coronavirus Recovery Grant for Volunteering 2020/21.
We would like to see volunteering better integrated into the planning of services, better resourced and better recognised as an integral component of mainstream health and social care provision, post-pandemic. The project aims to co-produce, with stakeholders, a resource to support this.
As part of the project we are holding a series of themed focus groups which will enable us to deep dive into key aspects that have been highlighted in the responses to the survey and in the regional focus groups – one of which is volunteering in social care.
We want to invite a mixture of public, private and voluntary sector providers, with a geographical spread across Wales and across the breadth of social work functions.
We have a number of national providers to invite but are looking to invite providers that are based regionally. If this is something you feel you could support or help with, please contact Dorothy Haines, Office Manager at Richard Newton consulting, (details below).
Richards Newton Consulting
02920 397341 https://Richard-newton.co.uk
Claim What’s Yours
According to recent research, we know that there are thousands of people in Wales who are not yet claiming the benefits that they are entitled to.
The Welsh Government have launched an integrated communications campaign to encourage people to check and claim the benefits they are entitled to. The campaign will be targeting low-income families across Wales, as well as a wider audience of people who may now need support due to the financial impacts of the pandemic.
Please help us raise awareness of the campaign by sharing with your colleagues and networks.
As well as visiting the website, visitors can call Advicelink Cymru’s helpline direct for support on 0808 250 5700.
Link to Website: claimwhatsyours
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