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Press Release: Welsh charities join forces for LGBTQ+ carers

24 August 2017

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Welsh charities join forces for LGBTQ+ carers

Carers Wales and Pride Cymru are releasing a guide on entitlements and support

Welsh charities, Carers Wales and Pride Cymru, have joined forces to issue an innovative new guide for unpaid carers of all ages who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* or queer. The guide provides information to help with the unique challenges that arise from caring as or for LGBTQ+ people.

According to the two charities, barriers which already affect those caring for an ill, elderly, or disabled loved ones can be entrenched further by the stigma of different gender identities and sexualities. For example, it may be impossible for a carer to call a relative for emotional support if they cannot disclose that they are in a relationship with the person they care for.

The guide includes help on identifying as a carer, managing the caring journey and accessing support, as well as information on end-of-life affairs. Coupled with the practical information are the real stories of LGBTQ+ carers across Wales, who have benefited from support.

“I feel as if during the time I was caring, I spent six years back in the closet, after the journey of coming out” explains carer, Steven, who is quoted in the handbook.

From 25th August, the guide will be available for LGBTQ+ carers to download online, or order by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Booklet orders can also be placed by schools, colleges, universities, healthcare professionals, councils, and any other front-line service providers committed to supporting those in diverse caring circumstances.

Julie Skelton, Engagement and Volunteer Officer of Carers Wales said:

“We are thrilled to be issuing this much-needed resource, which is the first of its kind to acknowledge the unique additional emotional and practical challenges of caring while LGBTQ+.”

“Working with carers on a regular basis, I have seen first-hand the ways in which poor support for LGBTQ+ individuals in early life can lead to a mistrust of care support in later life. It is our hope that this guide will give carers of all sexualities and genders the knowledge and confidence to seek the support to which they are entitled.”

Cath Harrison of Pride Cymru, said:

“We are pleased to see the launch of this resource. Resources for LGBTQ+ carers are long overdue and desperately needed. Having spent the year consulting with LGBTQ+ carers on their needs, we are proud to be able to offer a comprehensive guide that will prove invaluable to those we support.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS

What is a carer?

Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. It could be a few hours a week or around the clock, in their own home or down a motorway.

What do we mean by LGBTQ+

LGBTQ is an acronym that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer, and is used to designate a community of people whose sexual or gender identities can create shared political and social concerns

Media contact

Spokespeople and case studies are available. Please contact the Carers Wales Office.

  • 029 2081 1370
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Carers Wales

Carers Wales is a charity led by carers, for carers – our mission is to make life better for carers.

  • We give expert advice, information and support
  • We connect carers so no-one has to care alone
  • We campaign together for lasting change
  • We innovate to find new ways to reach and support carers

Advice and information is available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 029 2081 1370

About Pride Cymru

Pride works within all areas of the LGBT+ community in Wales and by co-production, engagement and partnering with other organisations have a programme of projects aimed at supporting specifically the LGBT+ community, but also aimed at developing links with the wider community. The intention is to increase understanding and respect for all which will lead to a reduction in hate crime.

 

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