There are organisations in Ceredigion that are funded by Ceredigion County Council which offer support to carers. These include support to Adult Carers, Young Adult Carers and Young Carers.
Action for Children, Ceredigion, Young Carers Service
The Young Carers Service offers one to one support to children and young people between the ages of 8 to 18, who care for a family member with an illness, disability, mental health issue or drug/alcohol related issues.
Breaks from their caring role are provided in the form of group activities and meeting with other Young Carers.
Support is also given to Young Carers within the comprehensive schools in Ceredigion offering one to one support, PSE sessions and assembly talks.
For more details and to access the service please contact:
Action for Children Ceredigion Young Carers Support Service
c/o Min Aeron
British Red Cross
At times, carers feel that their whole world revolves around caring. They can feel isolated and tired. Many ‘normal’ activities like hobbies and leisure take a back seat, their emotional and physical health can suffer, and they may have financial worries and not know where to turn to for help.
If this sounds like you or someone you know the British Red Cross Ceredigion Carers Support Service can help.
Click here for more information: Ceredigion Carers Support Service
Hafal Crossroads provide short breaks to Carers who care at home for anyone who has a physical/sensory disability, mental illness or who is chronically ill. They can give a Carer 3 - 5 hours a week planned respite which enables the Carer to pursue an interest, go shopping or simply to have a rest. Anyone can refer a Carer to this service and it is free of charge, although donations are encouraged.
For more information contact
Hafal Crossroads Aberystwyth office: Tel: 01970 627966
Hafal offers support to carers who care for people with severe mental health illnesses. People can self refer or are referred by health care professionals. The types of services Hafal can provide are:
- Activities for Service Users and Carers: A range of activities - recreational, educational and social - for both clients and carers
- Family Support and Advocacy: Hafal works closely with carers and family members, helping them support an individual with a serious mental health illness in the most appropriate and effective way possible, largely by providing them with advice and information, and access to neutral support
- Carers Respite Service: This service engages a person being cared for in an activity of their choice, enabling their carer to take a break.
To contact Hafal:
Tel: 01970 624756 or email: email@example.com
'Who Cares' DVD
The 'Who Cares' DVD has been developed by a company called Relativecare who have worked with many local authorities and health trusts across the UK.
The DVD may be a valuable assistance to people new to caring, it contains a series of useful suggestions for carers on a range of topics that may help with some of the practical issues associated with caring for someone at home. It is particularly targeted at those in the early stages of caring. However we know from carers who have already been a carer for some time, they too have also found the hints and tips beneficial.
Ceredigion County Council through the Social Services Department believes that providing carers with access to some simple information in one clear DVD provides an early intervention to carers to encourage them to remember to take care of their own health and well being as well as the person for whom they care.
The DVD may offer support and information in a non intrusive way if a carer prefers.
If you are interested in obtaining a copy of 'Who Cares' please contact the Carers Development Office by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01970 633564
There are numerous organiations within Ceredigion that also support carers and those they care for. Much of this information can be found in the Carers Information Pack.
Some of these include organisations who are part of the Carers Alliance:
Crossroads, British Red Cross, CAVO/Samaritans, Care & Repair, Mind, Alzheimer's Society, Mental Health Forum, AGe Concern, Parkinsons Disease Society, RSVP