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A carer is anyone, of any age, who provides unpaid care and support to a relative, friend or neighbour who needs care and support.

There are estimated to be more than 370,000 carers in Wales, and we are committed to improving the lives of carers of all ages.  

Carers Strategy for Wales

The latest version of the Carers Strategy for Wales was published in June 2013.  

Since it was last updated in 2007, much has been achieved  The updated strategy builds on this success providing the means for Welsh agencies to  work together to deliver services and support to carers.   

Carers information and consultation strategies

In 2012, all the Local Health Boards in Wales published a carers information and consultation strategy. Wales Ambulance Trust and Velindre NHS (cancer services) Trust also published carers strategies.  

These strategies were written in partnership with local authorities and in consultation with local carers. This was to meet  a requirement under the Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure 2010.    

Carers Strategic Action Plan

To reflect the enhanced rights of carers under the Social Services and Well Being (Wales) Act and set out our main priority areas for supporting them, we are developing a draft Carers Strategic Action Plan. To ensure that we reflect the issues that currently affect carers we will be conducting a consultation. As part of that process a carer and stakeholder event will also take place.

The consultation will be launched at the end of September 2017.

A statement from the Minister for Social Services and Public Health to update on its progress will be issued on Carers Rights Day – 24th November 2017. 

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