Carers Week

Carers Week is brought to life by the individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

A carer’s assessment gives you the opportunity to talk to a social care professional about what could make caring easier for you and what help and support is available for you. It is not an assessment of your ability to care and you do not have to pay for the assessment.
To apply, please phone the social services duty line:

  • Monmouth: 01600 773041
  • Abergavenny: 01873 735885
  • Chepstow or Caldicot: 01291 635666

During the assessment, a member of staff will talk to you away from the person you look after, if you wish.  You will be able to talk to them about things you find difficult and how you are coping.
You are likely to be given a form in preparation for the interview which you can fill in, in advance, if you wish to.
Depending on your circumstances and level of need, you may be offered services. There is also an opportunity to consider your situation and ask any questions that you may have.

Will I have to pay?

There is no charge for a carer’s assessment.  Most services we provide directly are free of charge.

If the person you look after needs services, they will have to pay some or all of the cost depending upon their financial circumstances.

To contact our carers team, please phone 01633 644567

Support for Young Carers

If you are under 18 and look after a family member, usually a parent, brother or sister, who has a disability, a serious illness, mental ill health or who has issues with substance misuse, then you are a young carer.

You might provide care in the form of basic household tasks, nursing care, or emotional support.
Monmouthshire Young Carers Project is based with Crossroads and supports young carers up to the age of 25.
The Young Carers Project provides social activities, youth clubs, training courses and advocacy for young carers.

You can get in touch with Monmouthshire Young Carers using the following contact details:

  • Tel/Fax: 01495 769996
  • E-mail: ycteam@crossroads-se-wales.org.uk
  • Monmouthshire Young Carers Project
    Locality 3
    Flat G
    County Hospital
    Griffithstown
    Pontypool
    NP4 5YA

Monmouthshire Carer’s Emergency Card

This card identifies you as a carer if you have had an accident or are unable to identify yourself.

It tells people that you are a carer and that someone depends on you to look after them.

On the reverse of the card there is space for you to put the names and contact details of two people who can be alerted and take appropriate action if needed. 

  • Pick one up from the reception area in all Monmouthshire GP surgeries,
  • Telephone our carers team on 01633 644567 (Mon-Thurs)
  • Email a request to carers@monmouthshire.gov.uk

Advice and Support for Carers

Monmouthshire Carers Project is a group of people based in social services, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations and Crossroads who work together to support carers across the County.  Our aims are:

  • To ensure that you know where to go to get help you need as a carer
  • You have an opportunity to talk about the support you may need
  • You have help to get that support

There are a number of advantages of registering with the Monmouthshire Carers Project.  These include:

  • A regular newsletter about local and national carers issues, legislation, training and local events for carers
  • 25% discount off all Monmouthshire leisure services for unpaid carers
  • Discounted local offers (e.g. St Pierre leisure days)

January Newsletter

To register, you can email the team directly at carers@monmouthshire.gov.uk or telephone 01291 671902

Monmouthshire Carers Strategy Group

Monmouthshire Carers Strategy Group are a group made up of carers and representatives of various groups supporting carers including Local Authority and Aneurin Bevan Health Board and local and national voluntary organisations.  They meet regularly (every 6 weeks) and are responsible for producing and implementing the Monmouthshire Carers Strategy.  If you would like to attend a meeting, or would like to sit on the group as a carer representative we would be very pleased to hear from you.

More support and advice

The Carers’ Information Pack gives details about local organisations, your rights as a carer and other information which may be useful to you. It will be updated at least once a year.

New Carers for Adults with ASD book is available here

Carers Measure

The Carers Measure is legal requirement in Wales for Health Boards, Local Authorities and Third Sector organisations to work together to produce a strategy for informing carers.

Click here to read more about what happened at the recent Carers Conference