Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services (PAVS) has been recognised for its commitment to and support for carers and their families.
Their Pembrokeshire Dementia Supportive Communities project has achieved the Investors in Carers Silver Level award; a scheme which is delivered by Hywel Dda University Health Board and supported by its local authority and third sector partners in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.
The Investors in Carers initiative was originally designed to help health facilities such as GP practices, areas within hospitals and other organisations focus on and improve their carer awareness and enhance the help and support they give carers of all ages. The project was assessed against the six themes within the scheme: Carer Lead, Staff training, Identification, Information and Support for carers and Evaluation.
Cherry Evans, Dementia Supportive Communities Development Officer, who accepted the award recently from Pennie Muir, Investors in Carers Project Manager, said “Dementia does not only affect the life of the person with the condition but also their family. Frequently family members become unpaid carers. The Dementia Supportive Communities project is committed to supporting unpaid Carers and it is wonderful to be awarded Silver Level in recognition of the support the project provides”. A carer is someone, of any age, who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. Anyone can become a carer; in most cases becoming a carer is not out of choice, it just happens.
For more information about the Investors in Carers scheme or for useful advice for carers, please visit: www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/carers