Connected Carers Project

The Connected Carers Project helps and supports family carers of people with a life-long and/or life-limiting condition.

The Connected Carers Project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund for three years, until August 2020.  The project is managed by Glamorgan Voluntary Services and delivered by Cardiff & Vale Parents' Federation and Touch Trust.

Cardiff & Vale Parents' Federation (based at Sbectrwm in Fairwater, Cardiff) organise social gatherings and activities at venues across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.  These will be held at a range of venues and provide opportunities for family carers to meet other family carers who are experiencing similar situations and challenges, to share experiences and information in a friendly and supportive social environment.

Touch Trust (based at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay) provide touch thareapy and sensory experiences for people with disabilities.  As part of the Connected Carers Project, Touch Trust will be providing Time For Me sessions where the family carer will be able to choose from a range of opportunities e.g. head massage, reiki, relaxation session.

For more information please contact:

  • Connected Carers project for general enquiries.  Tel: 01446 741706 or e-mail
  • Cardiff & Vale Parents' Federation for social gatherings.  Tel: 029 2056 5917 or e-mail
  • Touch Trust for Time For Me sessions.  Tel: 029 2063 5660 or e-mail 

Two short films summarise experiences of the Social Gatherings and the Time For Me sessions respectively:

Gatherings – https://youtu.be/F06ocYXJ8pw - (2 minutes 39 seconds)

Time For Me - https://youtu.be/_yzbDG8Q-ro - (3 minutes 20 seconds)

Staff Comments:

Jacquie – Family Engagement Officer - describes how the Social Gatherings operate and how numbers are growing at events as people are forming friendships within the groups and also introducing some of their wider acquaintances into the groups.  – https://youtu.be/DuFxC2GkEcE (3 minutes 6 seconds)

Karen – Family Information Officer – talks about the impact of social media in generating interest in Connected Carers events and more generally how information shared for and between carers makes a difference to their lives.   https://youtu.be/rgluuTpODHw    (3 minutes 51 seconds)

Ali – Time For Me Co-ordinator –  introduces the way Time for Me sessions operate and moves on to explain the importance of friendships forming and information exchanged between carers. These are in addition to the more obvious relaxation opportunities offered by the sessions.   https://youtu.be/9BJtEO9UXwg     (2 minutes 4 seconds)

Activities:

Sian – Zumba Instructor - https://youtu.be/2p2zq9xSU1M - (1 minute 9 seconds)

Liv – Volunteer - https://youtu.be/aMmeXv5ER0U - (1 minute 54 seconds)

Attendees at Gatherings:

Barbara - https://youtu.be/_Wj1825KU08 - (2 minutes 28 seconds)

Helen - https://youtu.be/V25--6UyJg4 - (2 minutes 19 seconds)

Isabelle - https://youtu.be/2f97qKQMKGI - (2 minutes 58 seconds)

Attendees at Time for Me sessions:

Jenny and Helen - https://youtu.be/8-YPgA2GW24 - (1 minute 47 seconds)