Posted on: Tuesday 8 June 2021
Around 120 carers have been given extra help by Torfaen Council's social care teams during the coronavirus pandemic.
They were given small grants of up to £300 to help with financial pressures or to support them in their caring roles.
Sarah Davies, from Pontypool, cares for her husband who has chronic kidney disease. She applied for two small grants which helped her to buy a tablet and a Fitbit.
She said: "We have been shielding since the start of the pandemic as my husband is classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable. I found it very difficult arranging online shopping using my mobile phone so I applied for a small grant to buy a tablet, and it's been absolutely brilliant.
"I have also bought a Fitbit which is helping to improve my own health. I've signed up for a challenge to walk 531 miles to raise money for Kidney Wales and it helps me to record how many miles I've done."
Over the past year Torfaen Council's social care teams have helped more than 350 people caring for a loved one with other small grants, respite services and practical advice.
Tony Lewis, from Pontypool, who cares for his wife, said: "I would encourage anyone who needs help to ask for it. I've had a very positive experience especially over the past year."
As part of Carers Week 2021 Torfaen Council is encouraging other unpaid carers who need help and support to get in touch.
Gill Pratlett, Head of Adult Services, Housing and Commissioning, said: "Carers week is a chance to reflect on the support that carers provide for their friends, family and neighbours which often goes on unnoticed and uncelebrated. As we all know the stresses and tensions have been higher than ever when caring for people during the last year.
"In Torfaen we recognise that carers need to take time to care for themselves too. The Torfaen carers' grant has been successful as it has given carers the chance to decide for themselves how and when they would like to take a break, or decide what would make their lives that little bit easier.
"A big thank you to all the carers in Torfaen, both the ones we know and the ones we never get to meet."
Executive Member for Adult Services Councillor David Daniels added: "Many carers and their cared for are hidden from our view and the roles they play and the tasks they undertake can sometimes be very intense and repetitious.
"The work unpaid carers take on each day is truly inspirational and I would like thank them all for their continued efforts in looking after their loved ones, particularly during these tough times."
If you would like to find out what support is available, contact Torfaen Council's adult carers support worker Louise Hook (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Young Carers Social Worker Rebecca Elvers (email@example.com) or you can call the team on 01495 762200. You can also contact the Gwent Carers Hub on 01495 367564
For more information about Sarah's fundraising challenge Journey Across Wales for Kidney Wales click here.
To find out more about Carers Week 2021 please visit www.carersuk.org.