19 June 2012>
As part of National Carers Week, CCBC Social Services are holding their annual Carers Day on Friday 22 June 2012 from10.30am - 2pm at the New Cottage Dance Centre, Ystrad Mynach.
This event is being organised to recognise and celebrate the contribution made by unpaid carers to the people they care for and their communities" said Cllr Robin Woodyatt, cabinet member for social services.
A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, parent, friend or neighbour etc, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.
Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age. Carers don't choose to become carers, it happens out of an overwhelming concern and compassion for the person they care for. Many carers do not consider themselves to be a carer, they are just looking after their mother, son, wife or best friend etc.
As at April 2011, there were 1,362 adult carers and 191 young carers known to Social Services, providing substantial regular unpaid care and support to family members or friends. However, it is acknowledged that the number of actual unpaid carers in Caerphilly is in reality much higher and it is hoped that over time and through awareness raising such as this event, more people will recognise themselves as a carer and come forward to receive the support they deserve.
For more information call 01443 864604.
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