On National Carers Rights Day, 24 November, an event designed to empower Carers to know, understand and take up their rights, took place in Penmorfa, Aberaeron.

Organised by Ceredigion County Council Carers Unit, in partnership with health, third sector, and community organisations from the Ceredigion Carers Alliance; the day offered a wide range of information and support through demonstrations, presentations and workshops. Carers had the opportunity to speak to someone one-to-one, to attend talks and to also socialise with others over a cup of tea.

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Cabinet member with responsibility for Social Services and current Carers Champion for Ceredigion County Council opened the event. Councillor Hughes said, “Getting the right information at the right time can make all the difference when caring. Helping a loved one can be very rewarding, but it can also be very difficult. It’s important we enable you to get up-to- date information and advice that’s relevant to their circumstances. It is important to us that we ensure you have easy access to all the support that is available to you. We want this day to be empowering, to enable you to know, understand and take up your rights.

Councillor Hughes continued by thanking all Carers for the “work, support, love and care they show to others” and said she hoped “the event goes someway to show you that you are not alone, we are here to help.”

Councillor Hughes, as the Carers Champion, held a surgery appointment during the event, where people had the opportunity to have one to one discussions about issues that are important to them.

During the event, flu vaccinations were available. Free vaccinations were offered to all unpaid carers, as well as others who were eligible due to their age or medical condition.

If you are a Carer, or know someone who is and needs information, support and assistance, phone the Carers Unit on 01970 633 564 or go to www.ceredigion.gov.uk/carers.

The guide “Looking After Someone: Information and support for carers” can be downloaded from www.carersuk.org/wales or call 0808 808 7777.