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Carers Week 2015, 04/06/2015 [W/E/S/NI]

Carers Week will be held between 8-14 June this year, and aims to highlight the contribution made by those who care for family and friends.

Children in Wales works with young carers across Wales, and we’re taking this opportunity to recognise the particular challenges faced by young carers during the week.

Young carers are children or young people who take a significant role in caring for a family member. The family member could be suffering from physical or mental health problems, a disability or drug and alcohol problems.

Young carers play a hugely important role, but this puts pressures on their education, well-being, health and social lives. It’s important that carers are supported as much as possible, and have their own needs met.

To mark Carers Week, projects across Wales will be holding events to celebrate the support provided by young carers in the following ways:

Young Carers Count

  • The Young Carers Count event will be held in Rhondda Cynon Taff. All young carers will receive recognition of their caring role as well as some special awards for achievements during the past year, followed by a 3-course meal.

 

Carers Vintage Carnival

  • A vintage carnival for carers of all ages and their family will also be held in Rhondda Cynon Taf. There will be traditional fete games plus a bouncy castle, face painting, a magician and food and drink.

 

Family Barbeque

  • Torfaen will be holding a family BBQ for 30 young carers and family members, funded by money allocated from the local council.

 

Contributing to information events.

  • Torfaen Young Carers will be having a stall at an event in Cwmbran Library with information for the public on the work that carers do.
  • There will also be an information stand at Ysbyty Cwm Cynonin Mountain Ash in the main atrium during the week.
  • Powys Young Carers will feature in the displays at County Hall in Llandrindod Wells for the week, and at several local supermarkets including  Morrisons in Newtown, Tesco in Llandrindod Wells, and  Morrisons in Brecon.
  • Young Carers issues will feature in posters and information which will be distributed throughout Powys in GP surgeries, Pharmacies, Libraries and Social Services offices.

 

Working in schools

  • Wrexham, Conwy and Denbighshire Young Carers will be working closely with local schools to promote National Young Carers Day on 12 June.
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf will hold assemblies all week in Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School in Beddau and also running PSE lessons throughout the week with all year 9 and 10.
  • Young Carers Week will feature in school assemblies all week in Mountain Ash Comprehensive School, along with drop in sessions in the school lunch hour.

 

Children in Wales will continue to support young carers through our Young Carers Network, our work with local projects, and supporting policy development.

Contact

For further information, please contact Catriona Williams, Chief Executive, or Lynne Hill, Policy Director on 029 2034 2434 or email info@childreninwales.org.uk.

Notes

  1. Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for organisations and individuals who work with children and young people in Wales. It aims to promote the interests of children, to improve services in Wales and to put children high on the Welsh agenda.  We work closely with our members who comprise professionals, policy makers and consumer groups to improve the lives of all children living in Wales, but especially young children, those affected by family instability, disabled children and those suffering the effects of poverty and deprivation.
  2. You can find out more about Children in Wales’ work with young carers at http://www.childreninwales.org.uk/our-work/young-carers/

Young Carers Week is held between 8-12 June during 2015. This year it focuses on building communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own. Find out more at http://www.carersweek.org/