AM Carwyn Jones supports Carers Rights Day 2014

CARERS RIGHT DAY

There are 18,000 carers in Bridgend County Borough, many of whom would struggle without support from their local Carers Centre. Friday 28th November marks Carers Right Day with plenty of activities occurring within Bridgend to engage with Carers across the county borough. Carers Rights Day aims  to bring organisations together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to.

This year’s theme is all about making sure that those looking after someone, know their rights. Every year, more than 2 million people become carers. Many struggle to navigate the maze of services and entitlements, and miss out on financial and practical support. Caring can present all kinds of challenges and therefore it is important that every carers know where to turn for advice, information and support both within the local community and online.

Bridgend Carers Centre is a network partner of the Carers Trust, the UK’s largest charity supporting carers. Locally, Bridgend Carers Centre supports over 2,500 of carers in the Bridgend County Borough. Support includes information and signposting to services and  support, one to one appointments at the centre and at home, training, information on benefits and legal matters, days out to give welcome breaks to carers, walks and other exercise opportunities to promote positive wellbeing to carers. In addition the Carers Centre offers opportunities for carers to meet up, volunteer and socialise at the weekly Community Café and at other events.

Helen Pitt, Bridgend Carers Centre Manager says “We know from talking to the carers that we support that many of them struggle with their caring responsibilities. That’s why we need to offer them help, support and breaks and why we are taking part in carers rights day to make carers aware of their rights and the support available locally. Carers come from all walks of life and almost all will need support from a service like ours.”

AM Carwyn Jones said “Nationally, there are seven million unpaid carers in the UK and three in five of us will become a Carer at some point in our lives. Carers Rights Day is important as it raises awareness of the needs of carers and the great support available to carers within Bridgend.”

A community café is being held on Wednesday 26th November 2014 from 11am-3pm at Bridgend Carers Centre with the Mayor County Councillor Gary Thomas and Consort and Lee Jukes from Bridge FM. This event is open to all to give members of the public the chance to meet many of the organisations that give information and support to Carers in Bridgend County Borough. Organisations include Parkinsons UK, Hafal, Crossroads Care, Alzheimers Society, Y Bont, Bridgend Young Carers Community Voice Project, Age Connect,  Macmillan, Stroke Association, Action for Children. Social Services, Claire from Howells Solicitors and Diverse Cymru will be on hand to inform you of your rights as a Carer.

There will also be a Young Adult Carer Exhibition on Wednesday at 4.30pm Heronston Hotel Bridgend where there will be a young adult carer performance and DVD & App Launch as well as an exhibition of art work, produced by Young Adult Carers.

On Friday morning between 9:30 and 12:30, Janice Gregory AM will be hosting a coffee morning with an overview of Carers Rights in her constituency office located at 44a Penybont Road, Pencoed, CF35 5RA.

More information about Bridgend Carers Centre can be found here – http://www1.bridgend.gov.uk/services/adult-services/bridgend-carers-centre.aspx