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The Wales Co-operative Centre is leading a new project putting carers in control of improving their own well-being and those they care for through co-operation

‘Connecting Carers’ in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council and its third sector partners, is working with Digital Communities Wales to use technology to connect carers, encourage co-operation and mutual support.

By Ben Bostock · June 10, 2020

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There is a significant role for technology to benefit carers, in maintaining local carers groups to help people communicate with each other, to stay active and connected in their wider community, to share and manage daily caring responsibilities, as well as helping combat isolation and loneliness for themselves and the loved ones they care for.

The Care to Co-operate service which will co-ordinate the project for the Wales Co-operative Centre, has helped people co-operate in the care sector for the last four years assisting people, organisations and communities to come together for their mutual benefit, creating new opportunities in our local communities.

This approach is a response to the Covid-19 crisis and future challenges for carers to maintain their networks and activities.

“Connecting Carers' mission is simple – to help carers come together to embrace co-operation and develop their own innovative responses to improve their lives.”

Donna Coyle, Project Manager

Donna Coyle, Project Manager, says: “We will work with carers as they ask us to listening to their ideas for their own well-being. We are here to give carers the freedom to make choices and changes by co-operating with each other and organisations working in their communities.

“We’ll draw on our knowledge and experience bringing people together to find their own solutions woven into local communities. It could be providing training to effectively communicate using technology, assisting people with decision-making and planning for hosting regular social activities or forming new groups to deliver evening and weekend options that currently aren’t available, but are desired by carers for those they care for.

“Connecting Carers’ mission is simple – to help carers come together to embrace co-operation and develop their own innovative responses to improve their lives.”

Care to Co-operate has played an instrumental role in the rise of the co-operative care and support services adopted by Cwtch Together, Flintshire DO-IT and Me Myself and I. All involve carers doing things to lift not only their own well-being but improve how they care with the wider support of the community.

Any carers or organisations supporting carers in Bridgend county who want to get involved, please do get in touch.