People who receive care or support in Carmarthenshire have been sharing their stories as part of a campaign to highlight the role of social care services in the county and inform the public about the services available.

In a series of short videos being shared on social media, service users have explained how they are being supported to live as independently as possible. Providers have also spoken about how they support people in need.

The stories can be found on Carmarthenshire County Council’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages by searching #OurStories.

The council has also produced a short film to demonstrate the range of social care services available to help people who are in need of practical support due to illness, disability, old age or their vulnerability.

Support can be as simple as having a personal assistant to provide help around the home, or structural changes to help people live safely and comfortably in their home.

Over the last year, 4,891 adults have received commissioned social care services in Carmarthenshire, with a focus on helping people sustain their independence for as long as possible.

Jake Morgan, Director For Communities, has laid out how the council plans to continue delivering services in the coming year as part of his annual report, including how the authority will meet the requirements of the new Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act.

The plan includes closer integration with Hywel Dda University Health Board and other partners in order to achieve improved well-being outcomes.

Cllr Jane Tremlett, Executive Board Member for Social Care, said: “The #OurStories campaign provides an inspiring and insightful look at how people are supported to live full and active lives in Carmarthenshire. We are so grateful to everyone who has taken part.

“The changing landscape of social care services and our aging population sets its own challenges for the delivery of quality care, but our success in meeting that challenge has already been recognised and we will continue to work together with our partners to improve and adapt.”

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