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Support for carers highlighted for Carers Rights Day 2021

On 25th November, organisations across Pembrokeshire are celebrating Carers Rights Day.

Whether you are a new unpaid carer or have been caring for someone for a while, we believe that it is important that you understand your rights and are able to access the support that is available to you as soon as you need it.

Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support. Each year, Carers Rights Day helps us:

 

·         ensure carers are aware of their rights

·         let carers know where to get help and support

·         raise awareness of the needs of carers.

 

In Pembrokeshire over 12% of the population have caring responsibilities and it is widely recognised that the pandemic has had a massive impact on their lives, affecting access to services, the ability to juggle work and care and much more.

To mark the day organisations across Pembrokeshire will be holding a series of events and activities, such as an information and wellbeing event, wellbeing walks and young carers activities.

For those with a Carers Recognition Card there will be the offer of a free drink and cake at Edie’s Café at Scolton and the new No. 5 Caffi Cyfle @ No. 5, Riverside, Haverfordwest.

Some activities will also be live streamed and available to watch online for those who cannot make it in person.

Information about what is happening can be found at: https://connectpembrokeshire.org.uk/carers-rights-day-2021 or by contacting the Pembrokeshire Carers Information and Support Service (details below).

Pembrokeshire County Council is also promoting the Carers Passport to Leisure scheme, which provides unpaid carers with six months free access to leisure services across the county.

Carers must be 13 years or older and be registered with a Carers Recognition Card available from the Pembrokeshire Carers Information and Support Service (details below).

Cllr Mike James, Carers Champion at Pembrokeshire County Council said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank carers across the county for everything they do, day in day out, to look after their relatives and friends on an unpaid basis.

“The last 18 months has changed so many of our lives and many people will have stepped in to a caring role for the first time, or seen their caring responsibilities increase.  It is so important that carers know that they have rights and that there is support available.

“If you think you might be a carer or know someone who is, I would urge you to get in touch with local services to find out what you may be entitled to and to access support in your caring role.”

If you recognise yourself as a carer, or know someone who does, there is support available:

·         Young Carers Service delivered by Action for Children – 01437 761 330

·         Pembrokeshire Carers Information and Support Service delivered by Hafal Crossroads - 01437 611002 / PCISS@hafal.org

There are also activities happening across Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire for carers who live near county borders. More information can be found by contacting:

·         Carmarthenshire Carers Information Service – Tel: 0300 0200 002 – Email: info@ctcww.org.uk or visit website www.ctcww.org.uk

·         Ceredigion Carers Information Service – Tel: 01970 633564 – Email: carersunit@ceredigion.gov.uk or visit website www.ceredigion.gov.uk/carers   

 


ID: 8359, revised 22/11/2021