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Free workshops for carers

Those who care for a loved-one in Rhondda Cynon Taf are being reminded of a new range of courses  being offered to them by the Council’s Parent and Carers’ Support Network.

Hundreds of people of all ages – from children to adults – dedicate their time, free of charge, to care for a family member, neighbour or friend who needs support due to illness, disability, injury or mental health or substance misuse issues.

The value of the work this army of carers delivers – and the huge impact they have on the safety, wellbeing and independence of others – is never underestimated by the Council, which is why it has created a dedicated support network.

Part of the work of the support network is to deliver training that assists carers to continue delivering their essential role, or to improve their skills and confidence as an individual.

The latest round of courses include:


  • Carers’ Dementia at Nantgarw College from 10am to 3.30pm on Tuesday, February 17. Do you care for someone with memory problems? Would you like to find out more about dementia. This useful workshop can help you with all your questions and also offer support in terms of finances, benefits, grants and financial assistance you may be eligible for, your legal rights and dealing with the emotional aspects of caring. Refreshments and lunch are provided.
  • Carers’ First Aid at Heddfan from 10am to 1pm on Monday, February 23. This useful session will secure you the basic first aid skills to ensure you are confident when at home and out and about.
  • Makathon from 10am to 12.45pm on Tuesday 3 March to 11th March at Glamorgan Conference Centre. This follow up workshop will help you develop and improve your signing and symbol skills and give you the confidence to use them everyday. You will revise the signs and symbols you picked up on in the beginners’ workshop and learn the signs and symbols for stages 5-8 of the core vocabulary. This workshop is made up of three modules to be covered over four sessions and you will need to attend all four sessions. Refreshments will be provided.
  • New Beginnings Arts Workshop at the Feelgood Factory from 10am to 3pm on Thursday, March 12. Bring out your creative side, meet new carers and enjoy some me time in this fun, art-themed workshop. Refreshments and lunch are provided.
  • Mindfulness at the Rhondda Heritage Park from 10am to 3.30pm on Tuesday, March 17. Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to wellbeing that can help you change the way you think about experiences, helping to reduce stress and anxiety and improving your overall health. It is a combination of breathing, meditation and paying attention to the moment.
  • Communicating through touch at Heddfan from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday, April 8. This one day workshop is for those who care for someone with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or learning disabilities. It aims to teach you how to use touch to help communication, relaxation and the relief of stress or anxiety.


RCTC said “We never underestimate the value of the work that our carers do  or the difference they make to the lives of those they care for.

“We have thousands of people, from children to pensioners, who give their time and effort freely in order to ensure a loved-one can live safely, happily and independently in their own homes.

“All of them say they wouldn’t have it any other way, but we know the huge personal and social sacrifices they often make to continue caring.

“This is why we have set up an extensive network of support for those who care, which ranges from providing general assistance on finances, health and wellbeing and advice to pamper days, social occasions and the chance for peer support.

“This work also includes specific support for carers in certain age ranges, such as young carers and young adult carers, as it has been identified these specific groups need support, especially when it comes to social activities, school and homework, career and employment opportunities and more.

“The training sessions, which are free for carers to attend, form part of that work, equipping carers with the skills, confidence and qualifications they need so they can continue their precious work.”

All the courses are free for parent carers who live in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Find out more by contacting 01443 668845 or emailing the Carers' Rights Team