Bangor University has called for more families of people with a learning disability to take part in a Wales-wide study on their health and well-being.
Headed by researcher Jill Grey, the project was launched at the National Eisteddfod in 2013, and is supported by Mencap Cymru and Cartrefi Cymru. By hearing from families looking after an adult relative (age 25 or over) with a learning disability within their homes, the research will examine what it is like to be a carer, what support carers’ receive, and how they would rate their own health.
It is thought that over 70,000 people with a learning disability are living in Wales today and yet only 12,000 or so are known to social services. This means that there could be thousands of others living with family carers without their local authority’s knowledge.
Informal family carers save the government millions of pounds a year but at what personal cost? We hope this research will uncover the true impact upon them and those they support in a living situation, often with little or no help from the state. That’s why we urge any families who feel they can share their experiences to take part.
Wayne Crocker, director, Mencap Cymru
Take part in the research
Parents are invited to contribute to the study:
- Take the online survey in English
- Take the online survey in Welsh
- Or you can contact the University on 01248 388 255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.