Ceredigion Carers week a success.
By Bobby Kelly, Independent Journalist. Last edited: 17:09pm 18/06/2021.
During national Carers Week (7th to 13th of June 2021), Ceredigion County Council worked with third sector organisations to arrange a variety of free activities to support unpaid Carers.
Sessions included an online retreat day covering yoga, mindfulness, sleep and relaxation techniques, confidence improvement sessions for carers wanting to return to work, and a chance to learn more about nature and have a go at collage craft – all from the comfort of their own home, designed with unpaid Carers in mind.
A spokesperson for Ceredigion County Council said:
“Thanks go to Gofalwyr Ceredigion Carers (GCC), Cerebra, Mind Aberystwyth, Holistic Yoga Care Wales, West Wales Care Partnership, Carers Wales and Chwarae Teg for working with the Carers Unit to run the events.”
During Carers Week, Ceredigion County Council also launched a new Carer’s Policy. The policy aims to support staff members who are currently juggling their jobs with a caring role at home. The local authority is committed to supporting and retaining caring members of the workforce and the Carer’s Policy helps to do this.
Juggling work and care is challenging and costly. ‘22% of Carers in Wales have either reduced their hours or given up work completely to care since the start of the pandemic.’ (Caring Behind Closed Doors Six Months On – Carers UK)
Supporting Carers to stay in work means that Carers don’t lose out on building a better pension for later life and their ability to maintain a good quality of life outside of their caring role. In the current climate, employers also benefit from keeping experienced, skilled workers rather than recruiting and retraining staff.”
Councillor Catherine Hughes, Carers Champion said:
“It is great to see opportunities for unpaid Carers continuing in the county. Covid has been tough on everyone but unpaid Carers especially. A report by Carers UK released during Carers Week says ‘Three-quarters of Carers (74%) reported being exhausted as a result of caring during the pandemic, and more than a third (35%) said they feel unable to manage their unpaid caring role’.
That’s why support for Carers in Ceredigion is more crucial than ever. Events that were held during Carers Week helped Carers feel that they are not on their own.”