Our newest project is a Male Carers support service for Swansea.
Des Barnett is the newly appointed Male Carers Worker. His role it is to raise awareness of the needs of male carers and provide personalised one-to-one support group sessions, and regular drop in service/workshops.
The project will offer:
- Support to enable male carers to maintain and improve their own well-being, through one-to-one support, group sessions and activities. They will have the opportunity to learning new skills and coping strategies to sustain them in their caring role, avoid carer crisis and breakdown.
- Support in a practical, supportive and non-stigmatising way for men taking on caring roles, particularly later in life. Carers may find aspects of domestic work difficult if previously such tasks have been done by the person they now care for. Also, they may now find themselves providing intimate or personal care to that person.
Information & advice on:
- Finances and benefits, especially for those who give up work to care
- Discreet and interpersonal support in managing personal and unfamiliar tasks
- Breaks to take time away from caring and participate in activitiesand workshops
- Carers rights and working rights – carer’s assessments, flexible working
- Mental health – support groups, counsellor or signposting to other
- Identify more male carers and provide them with support
- Make closer links with organisations to work together to support male carers.