NEWCIS provides a wide range of information for carers including a quarterly newsletter providing both local and national news on carer issues, events and services.
- NEWCIS provides a weekly drop-in at Mold Carers Centre, which has a holistic therapy and counselling service. We also facilitate several monthly carer groups in different locations around Flintshire.
- NEWCIS currently operates a grant scheme (depending on funding) to assist carers with practical needs such as gardening, decorating or a holiday.
- NEWCIS provides a varied training programme for carers that includes courses such as Moving and Positioning, First Aid, IT, Digital Photography, Stress Management and more.
- NEWCIS can complete Carer Needs Assessments for carers on behalf of Flintshire Social Services for Adults.
- NEWCIS works with Primary Care Teams, and has links with all GP practices in Flintshire. The work with GP practices includes practice-based support groups and encouraging GP’s to recognise the role of the carer.
- NEWCIS works in conjunction with all community hospitals in Flintshire, raising awareness of and supporting carers, particularly around discharge.
- NEWCIS provides a voice for carers, and facilitates the Carers Consultation Network, representing the views of carers in planning and developing carer services.
- NEWCIS can support working carers and carers wishing to return to work or life-long learning as well as those who wish to access volunteering opportunities both within NEWCIS and in other organisations.
- NEWCIS supports carers who are looking after someone with a long-term condition and receiving Continuing Health Care (CHC) funding. NEWCIS can offer carers ongoing support with their caring role and assist with accessing training and grants.
- NEWCIS received support from the Big Lottery People and Places fund for a new project called ‘Opening Doors for Carers’. This project works with carers of people with long-term conditions, offering additional support, including an emergency respite scheme, an introductory route to day care, and specific carer groups.
- NEWCIS works with young adult carers to help bridge the gap between children and adult carer services, and to enable them to access support that’s specific to their needs, through groups, training and activities.
- NEWCIS has volunteering opportunities for people to get involved in supporting carers.
Winter Specific Service Provision During the winter, NEWCIS provides a signposting service to advise carers of ‘winter’ services being offered by other organisations, and we can help to arrange emergency respite care. The carer groups continue to run throughout the winter, weather permitting. NEWCIS also assist carers to receive a flu vaccination through partnership work with GP surgeries.