Wales Council of the Blind


Definition: Someone, usually unpaid, and often a friend or family member who supports a person with social care needs either full time or part time.

Category: adult social care

Credit: Department of Health

Source: Glossary of Adult Social Care Terms

Services mentioning Carer

Alstrom syndrome support group - (Alstrom Syndrome UK) Support Group

Provides support for those affected by Alström Syndrome, their carers and professionals working with them. This includes a forum, help with gaining access to medical assessments with doctors who have expertise in Alström Syndrome, quarterly medical screening clinics and a newsletter.

Connecting Families - (Royal Society for Blind Children) Support Group

We hold monthly evening group sessions for parents and carers of vision impaired children and young people (0-25 years) which are facilitated by our team of RSBC Family Practitioners. It’s a supportive group where you will learn from the experiences of other parents and carers and in turn be able to support others with your own experiences and stories. Each month there will be a new topic covering many of the milestones and issues which parents and carers might face. It’s a safe place to share your feelings knowing others will support you. What to expect: Peer support; Empowering each other; Learning about and understanding mental health and well-being; Sharing knowledge and experience; Discussing the challenges of raising a child with a vision impairment; Open advice forum – no question is too big or too small.

Emotional support for children and young people with vision impairment - (Fight Against Blindness) Counselling and emotional support

A series of podcasts for parents and carers about emotional support for children and young people with vision impairment.

Eye Care Hub - (Seeability) Information

An on-line resource containing information on eye care for people with learning disabilities. It includes information in easy-read format, and also information for carers.

Grants from VI Breconshire - (Visual Impairment Breconshire) Grants

Grants are offered to anyone with a permanent and uncorrectable eye condition, living in Breconshire to help pay for equipment, services, training, education and experiences (such as holidays). Applications are welcome from the visually impaired, their families and carers.

HelpKidzLearn - (Inclusive Technology) Education

The home of multiple online services, enabling children of all ages and abilities to play, develop and achieve. Teachers, therapists, carers and parents can provide accessible game-based learning activities, creative personalised choice-making activities, access readymade curriculum activities and sensory stories, or assess and develop early vision and cognition behaviours.

Sane Emotional Support - (Sane) Support Group

SANE provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers. Their mental health support services are completely confidential. Whatever your problems or concerns, you will receive non-judgemental emotional support. Their professional staff and trained volunteers have specialist mental health knowledge; they can help you consider options for support that address your individual circumstances.

Social Groups - (Deafblind UK) Clubs and social groups

Deafblind Cymru's peer support & social groups provide those with both sight and hearing impairments plus their carers an opportunity to meet people and make friends. At regular meetings, all members are encouraged to get involved in the decision making process to determine what activities the group should do, often including social outings and arranging meetings to enjoy guest speakers on subjects of interest.

Welshpool and District VI Club - (Welshpool and District Visual Impairment Club) Clubs and social groups

Social and entertainment group for persons who are vision impaired and carers. Outings and speakers, general chat and company. Meetings are held at the Methodist Church, High Street, Welshpool on alternate Tuesdays between the hours of 2 - 4pm. from March - December. The club is run by a small group of people who give their time freely. Raffle event every meeting towards cost of refreshments and use of hall. Affiliated with Macular Society.

Library records mentioning Carer

CHARGE Family Support Group Newsletter Newsletter - [Library Type]

The newsletter of the CHARGE Family Support Group gives information to families and carers of individuals with CHARGE Syndrome.

Commissioning better eye care - urgent eye care Guidance - [Library Type]

Clinical commissioning guidance from The College of Optometrists & The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, which aims to to help those designing and commissioning eye care improve the value of their services for people with an urgent eye condition. This is defined as any eye condition that is of recent onset and is distressing or is believed by the patient, carer or referring health professional to present an imminent threat to vision or general health.

Disabled Children's Service - Information Directory Leaflet - [Library Type]

A leaflet summarising the services available to disabled children and their parents/carers in Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council.

Eye examinations for people with dementia Leaflet - [Library Type]

This factsheet provides information on eye examinations for people with dementia. It will be useful for people with dementia, their families, carers and professionals.

Information about vision impairment - Guide for parents Guidance - [Library Type]

A series of information resources on vision impairment for parents and carers of children and young people with a vision impairment.

Setting Priorities for Eye Research Final Report Report - [Library Type]

Report identifying priorities for sight loss research in the UK, based on the results of a survey of patients, relatives, carers and eye health professionals and a prioritisation exercise.

Sight Loss UK 2012 - the latest evidence Report - [Library Type]

Sight loss UK is an annual evidence review based on 45 key indicators that show us what life is like for people with experience of sight loss, their carers and those at risk of sight loss. This data summary provides professionals working in the sight loss sector with the latest evidence related to the lives of people with sight loss and clear information about the factors affecting people at risk of sight loss. The report includes indicators on the following topics: people living with sight loss and those at risk of sight loss; cost of sight loss; preventing avoidable sight loss; supporting independent living; creating an inclusive society; global sight loss.

Starting Point Guidance - [Library Type]

This leaflet has been written by a collaboration of organisations who support children and families. It will introduce you to the help and support you may want as the parents and carers of a child with a vision impairment.

Wearing glasses with dementia Leaflet - [Library Type]

When you have dementia it is important to make the most of your sight. Wearing any glasses you need, enables you to make the most of your sight. Without glasses some people would have to cope with blurred vision all the time & this may also worsen the symptoms of dementia and increase a sense of isolation and confusion. This factsheet is about the issues people with dementia who need to wear glasses may face. It will be useful for people with dementia, their families, carers and professionals.