Measuring the Mountain 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.

They 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.

Measuring the Mountain want to hear people’s stories about their experiences from the last 12 months and their thoughts about those experiences. They are interested in all kinds of stories so that they can understand the early impact of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. They 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 them about community activities, health matters, or housing, for example.

They'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 Measuring the Mountain 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, 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.  They will share all our findings, conclusions and recommendations through reports, events and the website, as well as directly with Welsh Government.

Measuring the Mountain would like to be able to share as many of the stories publicly as they can – when they do this, they will anonymise them, removing any identifying data. To help with this, they 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 Measuring the Mountain sharing their story if they would prefer.

The support of organisations that work with people in Wales is vital to their work, and vital to them hearing from the diverse individuals and communities that access care and support services, and provide essential caring to their loved ones. 

Last year hundreds of amazing people shared stories with and created a picture of what needing care and support services and of what being a carer is really like.  They would love to have your help again to build on what they found out last year, and add detail and breadth to their understanding of people’s experiences. 

They want to hear your stories so that they can understand more about what it is like, day-to-day, to need care and support services or to be a carer looking after a loved one, friend or neighbour.  Funded by Welsh Government, Measuring the Mountain (MtM) is a Wales-wide project that is gathering stories from people to understand more about the early implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act.

Last year they collected just under 500 stories and they revealed some of highs, and lows, of care and support, shining a light on key factors that play a role in experiences being positive or negative. Their findings from last year have been published on their website and shared directly with Welsh Government and, as part of their work this year, they will be sharing their findings with social care providers, third sector organisations and community groups across Wales, as well as with health and social care students. 

With so many people in Wales caring for loved ones, or needing care and support services, Measuring the Mountain want to make sure that they have heard from as many people as they can.  Each story tells them something important, everyone’s perspective is unique and, collectively, the stories you share with them can make a difference to the way services are delivered in the future.

To get involved in you can:

  • Share your story about social care – it takes around 10 minutes;
  • Tell others about the project;
  • Help others to share their stories (check www.mtm.wales/resources)
  • If you’re part of a group and would like someone from the project to come and hear stories from a few of you, please get in touch with Katie Cooke (contact details below).

Sharing a story takes about 10 minutes and can be done by clicking the button on www.mtm.wales that says ‘Share My Story’.  Measuring the Mountain would like the story to be about an experience from the last 12 months and they are interested in all kinds of stories. They recognise that being a carer, or needing care and support services can relate to many different aspects of a person’s life, so feel free to tell them about community activities, health matters, or housing, for example.

Your stories are vital to their work, and vital to them hearing from the diverse individuals and communities that access care and support services, and those that provide essential caring to their loved ones. 

Measuring the Mountain will be collecting stories until 31 May 2020, after which they will analyse the stories and share their findings with Welsh Government, organisations and people across Wales. 

For further details, contact Katie,  T: 07964 407 739, E: [email protected] or visit www.mtm.wales