Rhondda Cynon Taf is getting ready to mark Carers’ Week 2014 in style!
Beginning on Monday, the awareness-raising week is an important way to celebrate and showcase the massive contribution our army of carers make.
As well as being a chance to say a huge “well done and thank you”, the national week also allows the Council to showcase the support and services on offer, to help carers continue caring!
This includes dedicated support, services and opportunities that have been specifically designed to meet the needs of carers who are of a particular age, or are facing specific challenges in relation to finance, education, employment, school, relaxation or socialising.
Highlights from Carers’ Week 2014 include information sessions, team building, free legal advice for those affected by long-term illness or carer-related issues, promotion of the massive 60 per cent discount on leisure access for carers. Visit the Carers' Page to find out more.
People from all walks of life – aged from 8 to 80 – are carers in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Some of them have always known their special role in life, many still don’t realise what they are doing constitutes “caring”. Find out more next week with our fascinating chat with Young Adult Carer Lucy Childs.
Each of them gives their time and effort freely, helping a friend or loved-one who is unable to fully care for themselves because of illness, injury or disability.
Because of what they do, thousands of people across the county borough are able to live safely, happily and independently in their own homes, making a massive difference to the overall health and wellbeing of our communities.
“Carers Week is an important chance for us to showcase the work that carers do, while also raising the profile of the help that is on offer for them, from the Council and its partners, throughout the year.
“There are thousands of carers in Rhondda Cynon Taf who we already support, but we know there are many more children, young adults and adults who are carers but don’t even know it, or don’t know just how much support there is on offer for them.
“I urge people who have questions, or know of someone they think may be a carer, to come forward.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council recognises that caring can be a challenging role and that, while most carers wouldn’t change their lives for the world, they may, sometimes, need additional support or assistance.
It has a dedicated service, which includes specific support:
Adult carers: An established service for those aged over 25, which includes training and employments, benefits and finance, social opportunities, peer support, relaxation and “pampering” and more.
Young Adult Carers: A relatively new service launched as it was identified the 2,000 young adult carers in RCT aged 18 to 25 who are committed to their caring role, but also have a focus on their future, in terms of education, skills and employment, as well as socialising and ensuring they have a support network.
Young Carers: Help, support – and the chance to also be a child – is on offer for those under 18 who are often carrying out serious caring roles for a loved one, while also juggling the pressure of school and all that growing up entails.
Parent and Carer Support Network: Provides support for parents who are raising a child with physical or learning disabilities in Rhondda Cynon Taf, offering support, events, training and a fantastic range of classes, groups, sports, events and activities to get involved in.
Find out more by visiting the Carers’ Page which contains loads of information on events, sessions, support and more. It also contains all the contact details you need.
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