There was a feeling that the consultation was too restrictive and had not given carers the chance to speak up about their own needs, but rather these had been aligned with the needs of those they were caring for.
Carers were unanimous that being able to come together and share experiences, get things off their chest and have a laugh was invaluable, yet few had previously been given the opportunity do so.
As well as learning new information from each other, such as eligibility for a discount on council tax, our carers were afforded a safe space where they could be honest about their circumstances and how hard caring could be at times.
Carers asserted strongly that they wish to make their voices heard, alongside those of the people they care for, and were keen for tide to help them.
We are working with partner agencies to explore how we can build on this momentum to grow our network even further and ensure carers in Wales are recognised as experts by their experiences.
Read tide’s response to the draft Together for a Dementia Friendly Wales 2017-22