Welcome to the Parents'



Unpaid Carers in Wales save the government over £8,000,000,000 each year!

For over 30 years Cardiff & the Vale Parents Federation has been supporting families caring for a relative with a learning disability.

The Federation is run by parents, for parents, who understand the difficulties that families and lifelong carers face. Almost 2000 local families are members.

We hold regular and informal carers social gatherings where you can meet other unpaid carers, share experiences and ideas (plus pick up some useful tips)

We can signpost you to sources of support and give information on your rights as a carer and what assistance you are entitled to receive

If you cannot find what you are looking for on this website or www.whereyoustand.org  call us on 029 2056 5917 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


COVID Updates - please visit our news section for regular updates and find out how to get a free tabletsurprised or join us for lunch!  For news for carers and follow us on facebook for daily posts and see what other carers are saying.


  What Matters to You Matters to Us!


Information is essential for carers and you may find the following links really useful:

Understanding Disability Awards

Celebrating the inclusion of people with a learning disability - Don't Delay - Nominate Someone Now!!

Understanding Disability Awards

Every year we hold an awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of those who have made an extra effort to include our children. We encourage nominations all year round to recognise the many hidden heroes who make our children's lives so much easier.

Last year was the 26th Anniversary Ceremony and was a fantastic success.

Over 120 attendees saw Awards made to some amazing people who deserve recognition. 

A full report is below

We are planning the next Awards ceremony now but due to the Covid-19 outbreak are putting things on hold.

We shall be seeking nominations for an event once it is safe to meet again and will post an online nomination form in due course

Until then, if you have a person, group or organisation to celebrate please let us know

Dewis Information Guide

General information for families



Like our own Where You Stand guide, the Dewis guide has a wealth of information on opportunities and resources. It is a generic guide, not specific to learning disabilities but has plenty of useful links to follow and is well worth a look. It is being updated and added to constantly.

Connected Carers

Putting carers in touch with one another

Connected Carers

We have just completed a 3 year project that gave unpaid carers a chance to meet one another, enjoy social activities and therapies and learn more about the opportunities available. 

It has proven so popular with carers that we plan to continue to hold activities across the Vale and Cardiff

Please follow us on facebook to keep abreast of latest developments

Join us online on Saturday 21st November 2020 for a celebration event - meet other carers and let us know what you would like us to do in the coming years


Support and useful contacts


Autism is a lifelong disability that affects the way a person relates to people around them.

 A great deal off support for individuals and families is available.

 Recent legislation and a better understanding of the condition help a person's life choices.




Information - Where YOU Stand

Information on learning disabilities - written by carers for carers

Our Where You Stand guide is an invaluable reference guide for parents, carers, disabled children and adults with learning disabilities in Cardiff and the Vale.

Carers in the Vale

Support for carers in the Vale of Glamorgan

Carers in the Vale

 The Vale of Glamorgan Council fund many schemes or projects that support carers to stay healthy and well informed.

Under the new Social Services and Wellbeing Act 2014, the definition of a care has been extended

You do not have to be providing daily care!

For more details follow this link.

Family Information Service - FIS

Support for families in your area

Family Information Service - FIS

Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan councils' both have a Family Information Team to keep families with a disabled child informed and up to date. the teams work closely together to ensure maximum impact. They produce newsletters and hold events and activities for families. 


A break from caring


Caring for a relative with a learning disability can take a huge toll on a family and it is essential that all parties can enjoy the occasional break using the range of respite provision.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors: