Rhondda Cynon Taf Council regularly holds Carers Rights Days
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council recognises the hard work and dedication of its Carers of all ages - and is on hand providing support and assistance to each and every one of them.
“Carers make an immense and invaluable contribution to our society. Their work really is immeasurable and we fully realise that Carers save the NHS and local authorities millions of pounds each year.
“If this contribution disappeared overnight, there would be a huge void to fill - this is why it is so important that we fully appreciate and support the role of Carers.
“Whilst we know that most Carers do what they do out of love for a family member or friend, we also recognise that they need support. This may be in the form or respite, the reassurances of knowing you are not the only one out there through meeting other carers and sharing experiences, and also knowing your rights and entitlements as Carers – whether legal rights or receipt of benefits etc.
“Rhondda Cynon Taf Council regularly holds Carers Rights Days, bringing together Carers and representatives of the Citizens Advice Bureau and the legal profession who are able to give information and advice on many issues.
“It is difficult to think of something more selfless and admirable than a young person devoting their time to care for an ill or disabled parent or relative. It is on the one hand heartbreaking and on the other truly inspirational.
“With Young Carers, and all Carers generally, we know the answer to the problem is not necessarily to relieve them of that task and responsibility, because they do what they do out of love, but to give them as much support as possible so that they can maintain their own life and care effectively.
“It is three years since we launched our own Carers Strategy in Rhondda Cynon Taf, which involves all the relevant agencies and stakeholders and sets out joint action between health and social care to support carers. The Strategy and corresponding Action Plan were produced in partnership with carers, and local voluntary and statutory services.
Our Carers Support Project continues to provide a range of services and signposts Carers to the right source of support.
“I have so much admiration for all of those people who devote so much time and energy into caring for someone. I know that in most cases, the Carer wants to do this out of love for that person but this must never be taken for granted.”
The Rhondda Cynon Taf Carers Support Project offers free support to Carers of all ages. Call the Freephone CarersLine on 0808 100 1801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org