Carers Wales and Pride Cymru release a guide on entitlements and support for LGBTQ+ carers ahead of Pride Cymru this weekend (August 26).
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.
The guide is now available for LGBTQ+ carers to download online, or order by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, added: “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.”
Carers Wales is a charity led by carers, for carers – their mission is to make life better for all carers. They give expert advice, information and support, connect carers so no-one has to care alone, campaign together for lasting change and innovate to find new ways to reach and support carers.
For advice/information, email: email@example.com OR telephone 029 2081 1370
Pride Cymru works within all areas of the LGBT+ communities in Wales and by co-production, engagement and partnering with other organisations have a programme of projects aimed at supporting specifically the LGBT+ communities, but also aimed at developing links with the wider community. The intention is to increase understanding and respect for all to a reduction in hate crime.