Measuring the Mountain (MtM) is a Welsh Government funded project looking at people’s experiences of needing care and support or of being a carer. It’s an all-Wales collaboration of the public sector, third sector and, most importantly, the people who live here.
We want to know more about what it is like to be:
- A carer, looking after a loved one, family member, friend or neighbour
- Someone who needs care and support
We want to hear people’s stories about their experiences from the last 12 months and their thoughts about those experiences. We are interested in all kinds of stories so that we can understand the early impact of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. We recognise that being a carer, or needing care and support services can relate to many different aspects of a person’s life, so people can feel free to tell us about community activities, health matters, or housing, for example.
We’ve put together a series of questions for people to complete that starts with them sharing a story and then, through answering the questions that follow, they provide us with further detail and context. Completing the questions takes about 10 minutes, depending on how long the story is. You can access the questions on www.mtm.wales
Stories can be just a few lines or a paragraph or two and someone can share several stories with us if they would like. The stories don’t need to be about anything particularly good or bad. There may be an experience that stands out for someone, or they might like to share something that happened recently and is fresh in their mind.
By sharing this information with us people will be helping to inform Welsh Government, social care professionals and others about what needing care and support services, or being a carer, is like, as well as what works well and what could be done differently. We will share all our findings, conclusions and recommendations through reports, events and the website, as well as directly with Welsh Government.
We’d like to be able to share as many of the stories publicly as we can – when we do this we will anonymise them, removing any identifying data. To help with this, we ask that people don’t provide real names or specific locations in their stories. People are free to consent to taking part but not to us sharing their story if they would prefer.
The support of organisations that work with people in Wales is vital to our work, and vital to us hearing from the diverse individuals and communities that access care and support services, and provide essential caring to their loved ones. Thank you for your help and support.