The Care Council has launched a new training pack to teach social care workers how to demonstrate essential skills to unpaid carers in their own homes.
The pack is the Care Council’s response to the need to give greater support for those caring for family and friends, who account for 96 per cent of the all the hours of care at home provided in Wales every year.
The pack provides all the materials required for a two-day training course, which is accredited and allows the care demonstrators to have their learning assessed and achieve credits.
It has been developed following a successful pilot project in south west Wales and contributions from a number of voluntary groups and local authorities, as well as Hywel Dda Health Board, Pembrokeshire College and Agored Cymru.
The pack is now available for use by local authorities and other organisations employing social care workers, so they can train them to provide more support for unpaid carers in their areas.
Sheila Lyons, workforce development manager at the Care Council, said: “We hope this training programme will play an important role in stimulating a national approach to supporting carers and contribute to a cultural shift towards person-centred and citizen-directed services and outcomes in Wales.
“It’s also hoped that by providing unpaid carers with more or better skills, this initiative will support the drive for greater well-being among the people of Wales, as set out in the Social Services and Well-being Bill.”
The new training pack has the potential to contribute to local carers’ strategies and plans.
A digital version of the training pack can be found at:
For more information or to receive a hard copy of the pack, contact email@example.com