|Short-breaks and the lack of choice for learning disability family carers accessing them has been identified as an area of concern. Some of the current provision if often described by families as inflexible and unresponsive
As a result, this can lead to families and carers becoming isolated and having a negative effect on their physical and mental health.
Our response to COVID – 19
Firstly, we want to acknowledge that these are very difficult times for families. The pandemic has caused uncertainty and anxiety amongst many families and their loved ones. We want to acknowledge this and let you know that we are working with the wider network to support learning disability family carers and their loved ones.
In short, we will continue to support families through working with the network to address issues and concerns in relation to the current situation.
In addition to this we want to start having conversations about the services you receive and how we can work together to shape future. We want to put you at the heart of the design and development of services in the future.
What is our Goal?
|Break from the Routine will develop a suite of creative and flexible offers. Therefore, they will respond to the needs of learning disability family carers and their loved ones that can be ‘self-funded’ or paid for through Direct Payments.
What does this look like?
So, what does this look like? An example of co-production of services to meet the needs of the family would be an example from Scotland, where the Respitality network connects local businesses and amenities to carers to access well earned breaks using the local and regional facilities that are available.
We are looking at trailing a version of Res
Find our more about Respitality Scotland here .
What impact will Break from the Routine have?
|To sum up, Breaks from the Routine project strand will work with learning disability family carers to:
How will we do it?
|So how will we do it? The Break from the Routine strand will focus on three schemes to improve respite and short breaks options –
Staycation – LD Families needing breaks will build peer connections to retain choice and flexibility through exchanging accommodation options
Direct Breaks – LD Families are empowered and enabled to utilise Direct Payments together as a real choice-led option for respite support
Respitality – LD Families can trail the experience of meaningful breaks within their community’s hospitality industry
How can I get involved?
|So, your interested, but how can you get involved? You will be able to by –
In other words, you can get involved as much or as little as you like. In order to get involved you will need to follow the link to the Caring Communities of Change Expression of Interest form below –
Have your say
So you a carer of a family member with a learning disability? Seeing that the decisions made may affect the services you receive, why not have your say?
You have your say.
At this time there are plenty of ways that you can do this –
- Firstly, fill out an Expression of Interest Form – to sign up to get involved
- Secondly, chat on our digital forum – sign in or register here
- Follow us and chat on our social media channels
- Alternatively, contact us directly via the details below
If you have any questions about the project and would like to talk to a member of the team, please email us or call us via the details below. We will endeavour to get back to you as quickly as possible.
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone us: 07976 223992
Write to us – The All Wales Forum, 21 Cardiff Road, Taffs Well, Cardiff CF15 7RB