What is a Carer?
In accordance with the definition outlined within the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, a ‘Carer’ is a person who provides or intends to provide care for an adult or disabled child. A person is not a Carer for the purposes of the Act if the person provides or intends to provide care:
(a) under or by virtue of a contract, or
(b) as voluntary work.
A Local Authority may treat a person as a Carer for the purposes of any of its functions under the Act if the Authority considers that the relationship between the person providing or intending to provide care and the person for whom that care is, or is to be, provided is such that it would be appropriate for the former to be treated as a carer for the purposes of that function or those functions.
Carers and former Carers are people of any age, including Children and Young Adults of any gender and from any background or culture who assist a person who has care and support needs as a result of:
- a physical disability
- a learning disability
- mental illness or distress
- frailty as a result of old age
- a dependency on drugs or alcohol
The area served by Swansea Bay University Health Board covers two Local Authorities, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.
West Glamorgan Carers Partnership Board
West Glamorgan Carers Partnership Board was established in 2012 initially in response to the Carer Strategies (Wales) Measure 2010. Board membership include representatives from Swansea Bay University Health Board, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea local authorities, Carers Services/ Centres, Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) and the West Glamorgan Regional Partnership.
Carers’ views shape the work of the Board. This is achieved through the presentation of Carers feedback each quarter and comments from local Carer Centres/ Service and Young Carers Projects. In addition, views are gathered at regional events where Carers and Young Carers from the two local authority areas come together.
For more information on the work of the West Glamorgan Carers Partnership, please contact Johanna Davies via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Carers Centres/Service across West Glamorgan:
Neath Port Talbot Carers Service
Cimla Health and Social Care Centre
Cimla, Neath, SA11 3SU
Tel: 01639 642277
Swansea Carers Centre
104, Mansel Street, Swansea. SA1 5UE
Tel: 01792 653344