Carers Week Celebrated at Second Annual Event

PChristine Jones, Neil Ayling, Mark Tami and Hannah Blythyn

CARERS and representatives from support organisations got together with Flintshire’s elected members to celebrate Carers Week (June 6-12).

Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant and MP Mark Tami, and Delyn’s Hannah Blythyn AM and David Hanson MP, hosted an event for carers on Friday afternoon, June 10, at Connah’s Quay Labour Club.

“While caring can bring benefits to the carer, it also has a massive impact on their life,” said Carl Sargeant.

“A Carers Week report shows that because of their caring role, 45 per cent of carers have given up work, 61 per cent have found it difficult to maintain friendships and 92 per cent feel more stressed.

“That’s why it’s important we support carers in the important job they do for our society and show them we care.”

Representatives from 12 organisations and carers came to meet the politicians and each other to discuss matters of concern, learn about additional support and discover ways to help each other.

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, Age Connects North East Wales, Barnardo’s Cymru Flintshire Young Carers, North East Wales Carers Information Service, DAFFODILS and Motor Neurone Disease Association Clwyd.

Also in attendance were Flintshire Social Services, North Wales Police, Advocacy Services North East Wales, Alzheimer’s Society, Carers Wales, Carers Trust and chairman of Connah’s Quay Town Council Cllr Martin White.

“On behalf of Carl, Hannah, David and me I’d like to thank all the organisations who attended this the second of our annual carers’ events,” said Mark Tami MP.

“The carers who attended found it valuable to be able to pick up information about their services and meet them all in one, informal setting. We as politicians found it interesting to meet all the organisations and be updated on the wonderful work they are doing. Some carers came to us with problems they are experiencing and we are now working with them to find solutions.”