Council carers support team praised by councillors

THE WORK of a small council team supporting carers across Ceredigion over the last year has been praised by councillors.

Hearing about the work of the county council’s carers unit this week, members of the healthier communities overview and scrutiny committee highlighted the good work being done by the team.

At its meeting on November 19 the committee heard that there are four members of staff in the carers unit and a team manager.

In 2019/20 911 carers were supported with information, advice and assistance, 3,405 hours of respite was proved to carers, £29,000 of funding for health and well being was awarded, 55 carers attended free training sessions, 139 carers were given a break, and 85 young carers and young adult carers were supported, with help from Action for Children, to have a life outside their caring role.

A new service that started in April 2019 Gofalwyr Ceredigion Carers also assisted 579 carers.

A carer, young or old, is someone who cares, unpaid, for someone else who could not cope without their support be that due to illness, disability, mental health problems or addiction.

The council was the first in Wales to develop a ‘carers card’ which had been a good news story for the authority, added Lowri Evans, presenting the report.

Carers champion Cllr Catherine Hughes said: “I think that this small unit currently pushes above it’s weight,” adding work with carers of all ages would continue with Ceredigion leading the field.

She also urged councillors who knew of any carers who would benefit from support to let the unit know.

A regional carers report was also presented to the committee outlining the activity of the West Wales Carers Development Group (WWCDG) over the last year, which is part of the regional partnership board including health representatives as well as Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire councils, and the third sector.

A regional strategy for 2020-24 is being developed.

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