Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is celebrating the fantastic work undertaken by carers in the County Borough as part of national carers week (14th-20th June).
Throughout the week, the Council’s Carers Support Project has organised a series of events, which recognise the hard work and dedication of carers in the County Borough. The events also aim to promote the support and help that is available to carers in the County Borough through the project.
It is estimated that a high number of carers are currently carrying out their roles without any help or support and are unaware that they could be entitled to financial help. The Carers Support Project would like to encourage carers to get in touch or attend one of the activities taking place to find out what help is available to them.
The week long events programme kicks off on Saturday 12th June, with parent and young carers in the County Borough being invited to take a free trip to Cardiff Bay to join in the Disability Pride Cymru 2010 event. The event is open to all parents/guardians of disabled young people (under aged 25) and to young carers (under aged 18) and their families and promises to be a fun filled day, with various activities taking place.
On Wednesday 16th June, carers are invited to a special fun and relaxing day called “Get a Life of Your Own” which allows carers to meet other carers and help them to share their concerns and questions with each other in a relaxed environment. There will be various activities taking place throughout the day including; Get Cooking Demonstrations, Relaxation (Tai Chi / Yoga), Crafts, Makaton Taster Session, Information Stalls and lots more.
To round off the week of activities, on Friday 18th June its time for carers to get active and discover their inner child with a fantastic activity day, there are lots of outdoor activities planned, including; Orienteering, Nordic walking, Archery, Cycle your way to fitness, Guided walks to see the birds of prey, and a ‘Climbing Wall’.
Councillor Mike Forey, Cabinet Member for Health and Adults Services, said: “The role of a carer can be very rewarding and is often done out of love for the person involved. However, it also comes with a huge amount of pressure, which might lead to the carer neglecting their own needs, leaving them physically and mentally exhausted. This event aimed to help those involved to break away from the daily challenges they face as carers and allow them to enjoy some time for themselves and relax. It is vital that there are support mechanisms in place for working carers, so that they know they are not alone.”
If you would like more information on the support that is available for carers in Rhondda Cynon Taf, or if you are a carer and would like to get involved in any of the activities listed or if you would like a copy of the free Carers Guide, call the confidential Freephone CarersLine on 0808 100 1801.