A free event to celebrate Carers week, with the intention to help Carers stay ‘healthy and connected’ took place on 15 June, at Llanina Arms, hosted by Ceredigion County Council’s Carers Unit, along with partner organisations.

A number of activities and talks were on offer throughout the day, including: craft activities, mindfulness, managing stress and how to look after your physical wellbeing and emotional wellbeing. Carers were also given the opportunity to receive therapies such as hand and shoulder massages.

A range of organisations such as British Red Cross, Hafal Crossroads, Carers Wales and Arts4Wellbeing were present at the event to give information, advice and guidance.

Carers Week is an annual campaign led by Carers UK to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges Carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities. As part of Carers week, individuals and organisations come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Member’s Champion for Carers said, “I was delighted to attend the event and to speak to so many Carers who had come along to join in the celebration and find out about the range of support that’s available to them. I am fully aware of the commitment of Carers and fully appreciate their dedication and hard work in their caring role. There are thousands of Carers in our county of all ages and I hope that these unsung heroes benefit from the help and information offered by the Council’s Carers Unit, Social Services, Hywel Dda University Health Board and charitable organisations.”

Ben Lake MP attended the event as well as Chairman of the Council, Councillor Hag Harris, who both chatted with Carers from Ceredigion.

Numerous staff from Ceredigion County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board and various other public and third sector organisations were at the event and was well attended with people who were Carers, their family members and friends also attending throughout the day.

If you would like any further information on the services and help provided by the Carers Unit, phone 01970 633564 or carersunit@ceredigion.gov.uk.