Posted on: Friday 9 June 2023
This Carers Week 2023 saw hundreds of unpaid carers across Torfaen come together to take part in a series of events and activities, as a thank you for the support they give to their loved ones.
Carers Week is an annual campaign that looks to highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contributions they make to families and communities.
Organised by Torfaen Council’s Carer’s Service, unpaid carers were invited to attend an appreciation evening at Panteg House in Pontypool, as well as a cinema day out and museum visit.
Lynn Hounsome, who cares for her husband, said: "I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I received a warm welcome when I arrived, and the entertainment and food was wonderful.
"I care for my husband full time and it can be mentally and physically exhausting. But the support I receive from the dementia support group that I attend in Pontypool Museum is exemplary.
“I’ve also received a very good service from social services and Torfaen’s Community Connectors, and I am in regular contact with the carer support worker Louise, who provides me with ongoing support.”
Young carers across the borough were treated to a disco, bowling and laser tag experiences, as well as bingo and an arts and crafts workshop.
Councillor David Daniels, Torfaen Council Executive Member for Adult Services and Housing, said: "We extend heartfelt appreciation to the unpaid carers across our communities during Carers Week. Your selfless dedication and compassionate care make a profound difference in the lives of your loved ones and impacts the wider community.”
"Carers' Week is all about raising awareness of the incredible work you do, but we will continue to work all year round, to champion carers' rights and support you as you perform your vital roles for loved ones."
For more information about carers support services offered by the council, contact Adult Carers Officer Louise Hook on 07966 301108 or email@example.com or Young Carers officer Rebecca Elvers on 01633648113.