Celebration of Caring Could Become an Annual Event

About 50 carers and representatives from support organisations attended an event to celebrate Carers Week hosted by Alyn and Deeside’s elected members.

Carl Sargeant AM and Mark Tami MP’s carers event took place on Friday afternoon, June 12, at Connah’s Quay Civic Hall.

Representatives from 15 organisations and carers came to meet Carl, Mark and each other to discuss matters of concern, learn about additional support and discover ways to help each other.

Carl Sargeant AM said:

“It was fantastic and humbling to meet the carers who every day are carrying out a wonderful job for society, and doing it so modestly and cheerfully.”

Mark Tami MP said:

“We’ve received very positive feedback from carers who attended saying they found it useful to have so much information and advice available in one place.”

Every day 6,000 people in the UK will start looking after someone close to them, unpaid, because of disability, frailty, chronic illness, mental health issues or substance addiction. In Wales there are 370,230 carers, 11,000 of which are children. Across the UK one in ten people are carers and the economic value of carers’ contribution is £119bn a year.

Carers not affiliated to any organisations came for a break and to see what support is available, along with carers already under the wings of represented organisations.

These included Hafal Carer Support, Unllais, Barnardo’s Cymru Flintshire Young Carers, North East Wales Carers Information Service, DAFFODILS, Motor Neurone Disease Association Flintshire and Butterflies After Stroke Club of Ewloe.

Also in attendance were Flintshire Social Services, the Neuro Therapy Centre in Saltney, Flintshire Community Safety Partnership, Advocacy Services North East Wales, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Alzheimer’s Society and Connah’s Quay Town Council.