Hywel Dda Health Board-Reaching out to Carers

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Events took place across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire in June to mark the 20th annual Carers Week.

The aim of Carers Week is to reach out to the thousands of carers in the UK who are currently missing out on services by working together in local communities to contact as many carers as possible.

Highlights included:

In Ceredigion a variety of events were held to celebrate the week including the launch of the Ceredigion Young Carers Charter. Other activities included poetry readings, relaxation technique sessions and healthy eating workshops

The Carmarthenshire Carers Support Services Network provided information to over 100 carers during the week at various events throughout the county.

Carers Week also saw the launch of the Carmarthenshire Carers Information Service by Professor Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health & Social Services. The service aims to provide information, advice and support to the 24,000 carers in the county. The service is hosted by Crossroads Sir Gâr and joint funded by Hywel Dda University Health Board University Health Board and Carmarthenshire County Council.

In Pembrokeshire a pop-up information stand was taken to various locations around the county. The main focus of the event was to concentrate on the services and information that Hywel Dda University Health Board and Pembrokeshire County Council provide, specifically for unpaid or family carers. Other events included moving and handling sessions and complimentary therapy tasters.

Across Hywel Dda Mental Health and Learning Disabilities staff collected 1327 pledges in support of the week. A pledge board travelled 120 miles in true Olympic Torch style.

Peter Llewellyn, Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships for Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “Carers week was an unprecedented success across the region with a wide range of events and activities arranged to raise the profile of carers and the valued contribution they make in so many ways in our communities.

“In order to maintain the momentum of Carers Week, arrangements are in hand to host specific stands with partners at Cardigan Agricultural Show, Pembrokeshire County Show and the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli during July and August to further promote and identify carers at these events”.

Information for carers and healthcare professionals can be found at: www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/carers