Carers Rights Day

Posted on: Friday 17 November 2023
Young carers

Unpaid carers in Torfaen will join thousands of carers across the UK to mark Carers Rights Day next week, an annual campaign organised by Carers UK.

Carers Rights Day on Thursday 23 November aims to help unpaid understand what their rights and to find out what help and support they are entitled to.

The theme this year is ‘Caring for your future’, which encourages carers to think about their own wellbeing and plan for their future care needs.

To mark the occasion, Torfaen Council has organised two events on the day to reward unpaid carers for the vital work they do in their caring role and to share information, advice and support.

Torfaen Young Carers has invited Welsh Labour Member of the Senedd Lynne Neagle MS to an event at Mount Pleasant Hall in Pontnewydd, to bring to her attention the issues they face in their role caring for family members.

It presents an opportunity for the young carers to share their experiences and ask politicians to advocate for their rights and needs.

As a lead up to the day, young carers have also undertaken a mini project designing t-shirts and social media video clips to further express their rights as carers.

They will also get chance to take part in lots of activities at Ashley House and Mount Pleasant Hall on the day, including art and crafts, games, fundraising and a bouncy castle.

Torfaen Council is also organising an event for adult carers at Blaenavon Workingmen’s Club, which will include a performance by Bois Y Bryn choir, a film showing and refreshments.

Doors open at 2:30pm and those attending can also take part in a discussion about support and seek advice about benefits, health and wellbeing, respite, and training opportunities.

Both events are free and open to all carers in Torfaen, but booking is essential for the adult carers event.

To book a place call 07966 301108 or 01495 766138.

Councillor David Daniels, Executive Member for Social Care and Health, said: “We are proud to support Carers Rights Day. Unpaid carers play a vital role in society, and we want to recognise and celebrate their contribution, as well as ensure they have access to the support and services they need.

“We encourage all carers in Torfaen to attend these events and make connections with other carers and organisations that can help them plan for their future.”

For more information about support unpaid carers can receive, including an initial assessment, visit the 'Caring for someone' pages on the Torfaen Council website.

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