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New local care projected trialled in two Swansea communities

A project connecting people to local care and support services to help them remain in their own homes is being trialled in two Swansea communities.

Communities Together

Swansea Council has received funding from the Welsh Government's Foundational Economy Challenge Fund to trial the project in Clydach and Gower, in partnership with Wales Co-operative Centre and Swansea Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS).

It is difficult to attract care providers to some areas of Swansea and this can cause delay for people waiting for care in these communities.

The 'Communities Together' project aims to tackle this by encouraging and supporting local people to set up small businesses to provide care and support within their community, hopefully attracting people to the social care workforce.

It will also encourage and support people who have care and support needs to use direct payments from Swansea Council to work with the newly developed local businesses to design and deliver services that meet local need; giving them more control over how their needs are met.

This project will also aim to assist local people who may not require care and support but who want help with household chores, gardening or shopping, to connect them with local enterprises offering these services.

The trial project builds on Swansea Council's adult services model of care, which is focused on early intervention and prevention, supporting more people with low level care needs to remain at home in their community.

Cllr Clive Lloyd, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Community Health Services, said: "During the trial project the partners will work with the Gower and Clydach communities to bring together people requiring support, with people wanting to provide a local support service.

"Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on families, communities and the economy, but as we saw right across Swansea, it also brought communities together.

"Lockdown created new care and support systems at a hyperlocal and local level, which saw thousands of people volunteer and work side by side with a dedicated workforce, to ensure people had food, medication, social contact and domiciliary care.

"This trial project is an opportunity to build on the local response to maintain and enhance how communities work together providing services to families, friends and neighbours, who require care and support. Those needing care are more likely to receive a service that is tailored to their needs and wishes.

"It is also an opportunity for those providing care to set-up their own micro-businesses funded via direct payments. This may well be appealing to people who have enjoyed volunteering during the pandemic and may wish to work in the sector or people who may be looking for a change of career."

The Wales Co-operative Centre will work with clients and their families to offer guidance to people requiring care and support to design new local services to meet their needs.

SCVS will provide advice, support, funding and training to people to set up their own micro-business providing local services.

Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan, said: "As a Government we are committed to strengthening the foundations of our local economies and ensuring that everyone has access to high-quality essential services they need.

"Our care and health sectors are at the very core of our communities - especially during the difficult time we're currently experiencing - and it has never been clearer that investment in our health, social care and wellbeing services are necessities for a successful and well-functioning economy.

"Supporting the Communities Together project as part of our £4.5m Foundational Economy Challenge Fund will help Wales to build upon our goals of equality and health for all, whilst developing new support services to keep people in their homes and with their families for longer."

To find out more about the project, or contact the project team, visit:www.scvs.org.uk/communities-together

https://wales.coop/get-our-help/our-projects/care-to-co-operate/

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