The 2018 National Social Care Conference took place, for the first time ever, in the elegant surroundings of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, in the heart of Cardiff City Centre on 12-13 September.
Attended by over 400 people with 50 exhibition stands on display, speakers included high profile figures from the world of social services, law, economics, broadcasting, and speakers with lived experience of social care.
Key highlights included:
- Fiona Phillips, broadcaster – who gave a moving personal account of her experience caring for parents with dementia;
- Nazir Afzal, national legal advisor – the much regarded former Chief Crown Prosector who has overseen high profile prosecutions including the Rotheram child sexual exploitation case;
- Richard McCann, motivational speaker – an inspirational speaker with a unique story to tell of overcoming adversity having been brutally deprived of his mother from a young age and growing in the care system;
- With Music in Mind, a choir for people at risk of social isolation and worsening mental well-being;
- Re-Live, a dementia arts charity who performed their ground-breaking theatre production, Memoria.