Carers

Between 10 -21 June, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will be holding an extended Carers Week, ensuring that Carers in Rhondda Cynon Taf are supported, appreciated and recognised.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

Throughout the year, the Rhondda Cynon Taf Carers Support Project provides support and advice to individuals living in Rhondda Cynon Taf who care for a family member, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, has a disability, suffering with a mental illness or substance misuse problem.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council provides extensive support for Young Carers, Young Adult Carers, as well as Adult Carers, ensuring that no matter what age someone is, if they have caring responsibilities the Council is here to support them.

Carers undertake an incredibly valuable role in our communities, and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council recognises that without support carers may have difficulty coping with the emotional and physical demands of their role, which can lead them to feel isolated, unsupported and alone. 

The Council provides services to Carers all year round, such as counselling services, social opportunities, Carers assessments, advice and guidance on housing and benefits, as well as discounted access to leisure services, to help support the wellbeing of Carers.

Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Adult Community Services and Welsh Language, said “unpaid Carers are the unsung heroes of our communities, providing care, support and assistance to some of our most vulnerable residents.

“It is crucially important that the Council supports these individuals, and that is why we offer a wide range of support services, from social, to emotional and practical.

"The Council organises regular social events for Carers to help fight against isolation, counselling services are also provided to assist with promoting positive mental health, and our social work team are always available to help Carers with advice and support.

“Carers Week provides us with the perfect opportunity to promote the services that we provide for Carers, identify those who may benefit from this support, but also connect with Carers who may not realise how the Council can help them with their caring duties.”

Over the next two weeks the Council will be hosting many events for Carers, such as afternoon tea, a craft workshop, support groups, breakfast club, holistic therapy sessions and much more. Further information on upcoming events, and how you can get involved can be found HERE. You can book a place at the Carers Support Project events by calling 01443 281463 or emailing CarersSupportProject@rctcbc.gov.uk

For more advice and information if you, or someone you know, is a Carer and how to access support, please visit Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s ‘Caring for other people’ page

Posted on Monday 10th June 2019

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