Prior to the pandemic we had already identified some financial challenges that Kidney Wales needed to address in order to better serve kidney patients for the longer term. Our limited capabilities to raise income from events and other fundraising activities during lockdown have unfortunately accelerated both the need for and the degree of changes required.

With many kidney patients ‘shielding’ and classed as extremely vulnerable, we quickly adapted and changed the way we deliver services in order to keep making a difference.  This includes working more closely with key partners other kidney charities, so that we can use our collective resource to build the best possible network of support for patients.

As we strive to recover from the effects of the pandemic, it gives us an important opportunity to do things differently. Not only so that we can address the financial challenges we face to enable Kidney Wales to continue in the longer term, but most importantly, to help us achieve our vision of uniting the Welsh kidney community to enable pioneering world class care, support and well-being services for patients.

As part of our consultation process we engaged with our staff, patients, supporters and delivery partners, seeking their thoughts and ideas, so that the changes we make address the needs of kidney patients in Wales both now and in the future. With a response from over 50 patients and delivery partners taking part, we would like to thank each and every one for their valuable time and understanding.

The feedback and suggestions received have been instrumental in our decisions to introduce changes to the charity and we are confident that our re-structure and improved services will enable us to achieve our vision and most importantly, better serve kidney patients in Wales.

Some of the changes we will be implementing from October 2020 will include:

• A senior member of staff dedicated to leading our engagement with and support for patients and families, working collaboratively with medical professionals, Renal Social Workers, Psychologists, Dieticians, Physios, researchers and our colleagues in other kidney charities to co-ordinate the best services for patients in Wales’;
• Influencing decisions that lead to positive changes for people with kidney disease and their families;
• A core focus on communications and events, providing the latest information for patients and families and raising awareness of kidney disease and how it affects lives;
• Continuing to invest in services, projects and research that benefit patients, families and health services; and
• Streamlining our fundraising activities.

Over the coming weeks we will be sharing more detail of the plans we have in place and introducing you to the team that will be delivering them.

In the meantime, should you have any questions please do get in touch and the team will be only too happy to help.

Phone: 029 2034 3940; e-mail:  team@kidneywales.cymru.