The Head Teacher Mr. Law with Year 6 Young people from Romilly Junior School in Barry receive with their Pledges after signing up to become Dementia Friends. The children make regular visits to Cartref Porthceri and really enjoy to sit and engage with the residents. Romilly Junior school staff and some of the parents have become dementia friends; and the school has signed up to Dementia Friendly Barry.  

Please find below the link to the latest edition of Carers Times: Full of information etc for Carers in the Vale of Glamorgan 

Do you look after someone?
Directory of support, advice and information for carers in the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff

Carers Support and Information

If you are looking after a relative, neighbour or friend who is unable to manage at home due to long term illness, age, disability or substance misuse you are a carer. By a carer, we do not mean an agency worker, paid or volunteer carer. Caring can be rewarding but it can also affect your homelike, work life, free time and your relationship with the person you care for. You don’t have to live in the same house as that person to be their carer. Carers are not paid a wage to provide support and are sometimes referred to as unpaid/family/informal carers. 


Are You a Young Carer? Get information and support here

A Young carer is defined as someone under 18 who provides care on an unpaid basis for another person. The person they look after may be a parent, brother or sister, a grandparent or another relative.

cavamh - Supporting voluntary sector, service user and carer involvement in the development of mental health services across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan through:

Mental Health Forum - The voice of the voluntary sector

Sefyll - Involvement in adult mental health services

Nexus - Involvement in older people's mental health services

Our Signed up Barry Dementia Friends in September

September has been such a positive month for Creating more Dementia Friends and Dementia Friendly organisations, Our Dementia Champion has been giving Dementia Awareness sessions to

G.P. Surgeries, School mums,  Funeral Directors, and Solicitors here in Barry have all signed up as Dementia Friends.  Dementia Friendly Barry will support all of them to help  create a Dementia Friendly Barry for people living with Dementia and their Carers. 

Staff from Waterfront Medical Centre become Dementia Friends, and sign up to Dementia Friendly Barry. 

Park Funeral Directors Barry become dementia friends. Holding their Dementia Friendly Barry Certificate. 

Passmores Solicitors Barry become dementia friends. Holding their Dementia Friendly Barry Certificate. 

Director Emma holding a Dementia Friendly Barry Certificate after becoming dementia friends. At weekly Tai Chi for people living with dementia & their Carers at YMCA Barry. 

Influence. Interact. Inspire.

Join our new Carers Panel &

help shape services for unpaid

carers in Cardiff & the Vale.



Contact Sian Salkeld on 01495 769996 or email to find out more.


Reading Well Wales

Reading Well to be available in both English and Welsh in all Welsh library authorities.

The Welsh Government are supporting us in rolling out Reading Well in all 22 library authorities in Wales, beginning with Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia as part of the new Dementia Action Plan for Wales. The scheme will be available in Welsh libraries from summer 2018.

The books provide information and advice, support for living well, advice for relatives and carers, and personal stories. They are endorsed by health professionals and can all be found in the local library. 

There are also leaflets available in your local library. 

Alzhiemer's Society Key Publications and Fact sheets about Dementia. And accessible Resources available here.



 Barry Town Council

Is committed to improving its services for those living with Dementia and began our journey in February of this year with all staff undertaking Dementia Awareness Training after our Community Development Officer met with Elin Jones of Ty Hapus to discuss Dementia Friendly Project in the area.


The training was very well delivered and really helped staff to understand this illness and re-evaluate the way in which we support people living with Dementia.

Since then, Barry Town Council has supported three Dementia Friendly Initiatives with grants towards the following projects:-


  • A new games room at Ty Hapus.

  • Dementia Friendly Poetry Session at Barry Library.

  • A minibus to help bring people to CineMemories screenings at Barry Memo.

Moving forward, Barry Town Council are keen to continue supporting Dementia Friendly Initiatives and are hoping to work with the Shop Local Barry Group to introduce even more Dementia Friendly Initiatives. We are hoping to obtain Dementia Friendly Organisation status in the near future and look forward to developing relationships with Dementia Friendly Barry and other organisations working towards the same goals.

Will you 'Read About Me'?

The new person-centred toolkit, developed by Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan University Health Board, for people with a dementia or cognitive impairment.


From now on the ‘Read about Me’ toolkit will replace all other person-centred tools for people with dementia, and will ensure that there is continuity of care for people with a dementia or cognitive impairment throughout their journey.”


This innovative toolkit was created by Dementia Champions within the Health Board, and has been tried and tested in four clinical areas. It is really easy for carers to complete and for staff to read.  The end result is a booklet which includes information about a person’s normal day routine, what matters to them, the things they would like others to know about them, the food and drink they like and how they want people to communicate with them.

Cardiff and Vale UHB is committed to being a dementia-friendly organisation, raising awareness of dementia across the organisation, reducing stigma and ensuring that people with dementia are confident that services will be respectful of their needs. In turn we hope that this will reduce the barriers of fear, lack of confidence and mobility issues that people with dementia may face.

As of March 2018, 69.3% of staff in Cardiff and Vale UHB are dementia aware, many of whom are also trained dementia friends and champions. Staffs are encouraged to continue to use the ‘Read about Me’ booklet whenever someone is identified as having a cognitive impairment or dementia.

Below are contact details for Dementia Friendly Steering Groups in the Vale. Please contact direct for more info in your area. Or you would like to join a dementia friendly community steering group.

 Barry Town Dementia Friendly Steering Group

Chairman: Jane Weldon

Volunteer  Dementia Champion Alzheimer's Society 


Cowbridge Dementia Friendly Steering Group

Chairman: Steven Blackman.


Penarth Dementia Friendly Steering Group.

Chairman: Philip Batchelor


For informationon on how we can support you to become a Dementia Friendly  Organisation or Business.

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