Ensuring unpaid carers in Newport are visible, valued and supported

Posted on Tuesday 31st May 2022

Over 6.5 million people in the UK are unpaid carers and it is likely that 3 in 5 of us will become unpaid carers at some point in our lives.  It can be incredibly rewarding to care for a loved one and unpaid carers often say they are just being a husband, wife, mum, dad, daughter, son, friend or good neighbour.

This year’s Carers Week takes place between 6 and 12 June and will raise awareness of the value of unpaid carers.  On Monday 6 June the civic centre will be lit up in recognition of all the unpaid carers in Newport.

Caring does not come without challenges and it is important that unpaid carers are supported to maintain their own wellbeing, enabling them to continue caring.

An unpaid carer is someone who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t manage without their support.  This could be due to illness, disability, mental ill health, substance misuse or frailty.  They can be of any age - young carers might care for a relative by helping with cooking, cleaning, shopping or looking after siblings, while older carers might care for their spouse, a relative or friend.

The council’s community connectors provide a wide range of information, advice and assistance to unpaid carers in Newport; including sharing information on local support services and activities, as well as providing information about voluntary organisations that can help carers to re-connect with their community.  

On Wednesday 8 June they will be holding an information event for carers at the Riverfront Theatre.  Come along between 10am and 1pm to browse stalls and speak to professionals. Stalls include: Carers Wales, Sparkle, Age Cymru Gwent, the council’s community occupational therapist team, Care & Repair, Newport Young Carers, plus many more. 

To find out more email or call 01633 235650.  Carers can also sign up to the Carers Network to receive regular news and information.

For more information visit or check out Newport's AskSARA page

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