Measuring the Mountain-Social care research to continue exploring people’s experiences across Wales

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A new study to explore people’s experiences of social care in Wales has been awarded more than £140,000 in further funding.

Measuring the Mountain, a research project led by the University of South Wales (USW) in partnership with Interlink RCT, will continue its ground-breaking work with communities across the country.

The project published a unique report earlier this year into the impact of social care on people throughout Wales, recommending major changes to the way care and support is delivered.

Building on the success of its work in 2018/19, the project will continue to engage with communities, using its pioneering approaches to put Welsh people at the heart of the debate on developing the social care sector.

Dr Rachel Iredale, Associate Professor of Public Engagement at USW, is the Principal Investigator and will lead on the project’s second phase.

The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan, has now announced further funding, which will fund 18 months of activity from MtM, enabling the project to gather more stories relating to social care, and to host a Citizens’ Jury.

The Jury – a method for engaging people in complex policy discussions – will be the second hosted by the project and will enable members of the public to examine, in depth, a core issue related to what really matters in social care.

Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan said: “Measuring the Mountain is providing vital information to learn more about people’s experiences of social care. Carers, and those that receive care and support, contribute so much to communities, families and livelihoods; their voices are crucial. Social care needs to function well where it matters most; in the lives of people across Wales.”

The first year of the project highlighted the complexity of social care and the impact it has on people’s lives. Notable were the experiences of carers and, this year, Measuring the Mountain is keen to hear further from carers from all over Wales.

The project’s work in 2019, whilst continuing to look at social care as a whole, will also focus more closely on people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, as well as the experiences of younger people.

Annie Galt, a carer and one of the Jurors in MtM’s first Citizens’ Jury, said: “I am really happy to be involved with Measuring the Mountain. Projects like this are so important because they help people to have their voice heard and, hopefully, to contribute to improving the experiences of people in the future. Being a carer is tough, and I’m happy that Welsh Government want to know more about experiences like mine.”

The project is currently looking for new organisations to join their Steering Group. For more information visit the Measuring the Mountain website www.mtm.wales / www.mym.cymru.

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