Information, advice and pampering at Carers’ Rights Day

Alan and Christine Jones, Joanne Meek and Carol Stingl

Carers’ Rights Day was celebrated in the Vale of Glamorgan on Friday 3rd December with four events held across the county.

The events, organised by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, took place in Penarth, Cowbridge, Barry and Llantwit Major. The aim was to provide information to carers and make them aware of support services available throughout the Vale of Glamorgan. 

In previous years Carers’ Rights Day has been promoted by one large event, usually in Barry as it is the Vale’s largest town. However, following feedback from carers, the decision was made this year to hold several local events to try and reach carers who may have difficulties travelling. 

Winnie Davies, Lynda Wallis, Councillor Dorothy Turner, Rene Gannon and Carol Stingl

The Penarth event was hosted at West House where Penarth Town Council kindly provided rooms. Jo Hendry of Crossroads Care in the Vale was on hand to provide information on dementia services, while Shan Parfitt from Crossroads Care Cardiff and Vale offered advice to young carers.

Carers Alan and Christine Jones, Carol Stingl of the Looking After Me programme, and Joanne Meek and Debra Charles of the Vale of Glamorgan Council were also available to offer support to carers. Councillor Dorothy Turner and members of the Vale Older People’s Strategy Forum, Winnie Davies, Lynda Wallis and Rene Gannon, also made a welcome appearance in support of the event.

As well as the information and advice that was on offer, relaxing reflexology and Indian head massage were available for carers courtesy of Claire, Jane and Fiona.

We would love to hear your experiences of Carers’ Rights Day. Please leave any comments below.

For more information about Carers’ Rights Day, visit: http://www.carersuk.org/Newsandcampaigns/CarersRightsDay

For details of the ‘Looking after Me’ course, visit: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/home.cfm?orgid=537

The website of the Vale Older People’s Strategy Forum can be found at: http://www.valeopf.org.uk/