Caring Communities, is all about working with parents, carers and wider stakeholders to explore and create offers that we will pilot, develop and share with the network and cumulatively will work towards change.
We realise that change isn’t a destination, it’s a journey, and we will use these pages to give you an update on the steps towards change that we are looking to accomplish through the project, and who is involved in this process.
How will we do this?
To work towards change, we know we need to work in partnership with others. We will do this through a number of Working Groups, which will explore and design ideas and offers that will pilot options. You can see a full list of these working groups, across all three of the project strands on the main Updates from the Caring Communities of Change Project webpage.
In additional to this, the working groups will share their learning through various stakeholder events throughout the year – which are open to all who are interested in getting involved in the project, or simply have an interest in alternative respite and short break options for families.
As we move back to face-to-face events, we want to make sure that we are as inclusive and as flexible as possible to ensure that your voice is heard. For a full list of our upcoming events, please visit our events page
The idea behind Direct Independence is a simple one; accessing the private housing market through using Direct Payments, giving a flexible option for those who want to move to living more independently. It’s also about developing creative and community led ideas to give families opportunities to gain independence and skills through flexible funding options.
We’ve found a number of examples of this being done across Wales currently.
We are working in Powys to explore this idea further and with parents and carers and want to share these examples with the carer-led network when it comes to transitioning from home to independent living.
- Shared Lives Plus
- Powys County Council
- Dal dy Dir
Home from Home
Supported living is an opportunity for individuals to live a rich fulfilling life, regardless of their support needs. The principle of home sharing with appropriate support are ones that parents and carers have told us they would like to explore further, with supported living being an alternative option to more traditional transition options.
We want to work in partnership with Shared Lives Plus and parents and carers to develop a toolkit that informs and explains the benefits and process of moving into supported living through some examples of individual and family journeys whilst transitioning to independent living. Alongside this, we’d like to create a connected network of parents and carers and shared lives providers to share stories and experiences and support each other during the process of moving from home to home.
- Shared Lives Plus