Recognising and supporting unpaid carers in Newport
Posted on Friday 2nd June 2023
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 5 and 11 June and will raise awareness of the value of unpaid carers. It will also help people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
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.
Councillor Debbie Harvey, cabinet member for community wellbeing said: “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 Monday 5 June the civic centre will be lit up in recognition of all the unpaid carers in Newport.
There will also be a free information event for unpaid carers on Thursday 8 June, from 2pm to 5pm. This will be held at the University of South Wales, Newport Campus, and will include family games and fun until 6:30pm. A buffet and refreshments will also be available.
To find out more email [email protected] or call 01633 235650. Carers can also sign up to the Carers Network to receive regular news and information.
Further information can also be found at www.newport.gov.uk/carers