The Mapping, Education & Carer Service (ABUHB)

The Mapping, Education & Carer Service (MECS) within ABUHB is a newly formed team consisting of dementia coordinators from various professional backgrounds, based within Gwent. One of the main aims of the service is to promote and facilitate carers’ education courses tailored to each area, for those caring for people living with dementia.

Through our professional roles, we have had first-hand experience of the extremely difficult situations that carers have dealt with since the outbreak of Covid-19. We appreciate how tremendously difficult the lack of resources and over-stretching of services has been for carers. We know that carers have isolated themselves to protect their loved ones, with no regular respite, routine or social activities available for many months. We are aware that the caring role has been exacerbated by the pandemic many times over, with a higher risk of carer burnout.

We will be offering a 6-week educational programme for carers in each borough, with input from specialists such as Consultant Psychiatrists, Memory Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Dieticians and others. As well as charitable organisations including the Carers Trust and Alzheimer’s Society.

We recognise that each carer and their caring role is unique, and we want them to know they are not alone. We hope to offer a safe space to meet, share their experiences and build relationships. We hope that our input will offer more insight into their caring roles and the support available to them and their loved ones. We hope that our education courses will provide the carers with the confidence, knowledge and ability to contact appropriate services when required.

We commit to offering a high quality, meaningful and friendly service for carers, and pay tribute to the outstanding commitment they make on a daily basis.

Commitments

We commit to being carer friendly, and working as a collaborative group to constantly improve support to carers at a practical level. As the group contains representation from all five Gwent local authorities, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and the ...
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I commit to helping carers believe in themselves and to support them in any way I can. Referring them on to relevant services to help them get the best support
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We commit to creating carer friendly communities: where unpaid carers are recognised, supported and given the information that matters to them. – We will have a positive, meaningful and long lasting impact on our communities. – We will connect with and strengthen ...
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I commit to helping other professionals and organisations recognise and support unpaid carers in their communities; whether customers, staff, volunteers, service users. I commit to making communities more Carer Friendly!
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As a school, we pledge to support our Young Carers in our school. We pledge to ensure that they feel supported by staff and students and to ensure that they know where they can go to seek advice.
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YMCA Cardiff in partnership with Cardiff Council Support4Families and Vale Council Families First, commit to promoting and raising awareness of young carers and young adult carers in Cardiff & The Vale. We commit to identifying, engaging, supporting & empowering ...
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We recognise the importance that young carers have in our community and with our school families. We will raise awareness of carers that they also have rights and the need for support. They have huge input and should be given ...
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I recognise and value the role of unpaid carers within my community. I commit to raising awareness of carers, their rights and the support available to them. I commit to supporting my community to be Carer Friendly and will actively ...
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As the Patient Experience Team for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board we pledge to; • Provide information to all carers, ensuring they know their rights and what support is available to them, allowing them to have a life alongside their ...
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We commit to recognising that caring is an important issue that affects our staff, volunteers and members, and that carers play a vital role within our community. We commit to ensuring that all staff and volunteers are aware of carers, ...
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