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.



  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.

These awards have been postponed during Covid Lockdowns but recommenced in 2022.

To see a copy of the report on the 26th Anniversary Ceremony please see below

The 27th Annual Awards were held in 2022 and proved a great success with over 100 people attending

  Nominations for 2024 are now open!

 We are planning the next (29th) Awards ceremony now and looking for nominations. It only takes a few minutes to thank those special people who make life better for our loved ones

A ceremony will be held on the 31st October at the Future Inn Cardiff

Nominations are now open-please click here 


Thanks to our sponsors




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.

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.


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.

Bite Sized Respite

Putting carers in touch with one another

Bite Sized Respite

We run a variety of projects that offer unpaid carers a chance to meet one another, enjoy social activities and therapies and learn more about the opportunities available. 

We hold activities across the Vale and Cardiff, all are free for unpaid carers

Please follow us on facebook to keep abreast of latest developments


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: