Politicians say more social care investment needed during ‘social care question time’ at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Cardiff care home

16 December 2016

Neil McEvoy AM, Glyn Meredith, Cllr Joseph Carter, Cllr Eleanor Sanders with residents from DanybrynLocal politicians, including assembly member Neil McEvoy, agreed more investment and flexibility in social care is needed, during talks held at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Danybryn care home in Cardiff.

Hosted in response to the current social care crisis, the charity’s ‘social care question time’ gave disabled people, their friends, family and carers a chance to discuss their experiences with local politicians.

AM Neil McEvoy said:

‘We need to put people at the heart of everything.

‘We are facing challenges across the sector and we need more events like this to listen and be informed.

‘Agency staff should be a last resort and we need greater investment in technology. 

‘In my 17 years of experience, I’m always given the excuse of budgets if they don’t want to [invest in social care].

‘After the election we will be looking at budgets and priorities. Social care isn’t currently a priority and it should be!’

He was joined by councillors Joseph Carter and Eleanor Sanders at the event on Friday 9 December.

All were sympathetic to the points raised by Danybryn residents and Mr McEvoy promised to write to the chair of the Health, Social Care and Sport committee asking for information on the delivery of the Social Services and Wellbeing Act 2014 so it could be scrutinised.

This is something Leonard Cheshire Disability has been campaigning for in Wales.

Spencer Jones, Danybryn’s service manager, said:

‘It was a fantastic event that promoted disability awareness and potential partnership working for the future.’

Martin Williams, resident said:

‘Brilliant opportunity to have my voice heard, I look forward to seeing what happens next.’

His comments were echoed by Laura Smith, also a Danybryn resident, who said:

‘It was nice to see them as they seemed interested in our questions and I felt listened to.’

Students from the University of South Wales also attended, including Beth Moreton and Emily Stangroom who provided the photographs for the exhibition that was also on show on the day. 

Called ‘A day in the life of Danybryn’, the exhibition was created by the students as part of their degree. They took photos of residents’ daily routine at Danybryn, including doing activities and physiotherapy.

As well as the question and answer session, the charity also screened a short film and held interactive exercises for delegates.

Leonard Cheshire also used the event as an opportunity to collect several ‘message board’ photos themed as ‘Proud to Care’ to send to AMs, MPs and local councillors, along with an ask to get involved in Leonard Cheshire’s campaign for increased funding in social care.

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