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Events and training for unpaid carers across the Vale of Glamorgan


Carers' Week 5-11 June 2023


Carers’ Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities.  It is backed by seven major charities.  The theme for 2023 is 'Recognising and Supporting Carers in the Community.


The 2021 Census told us there are 12,923 unpaid carers in the Vale of Glamorgan caring unpaid for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. These people would probably say "I'm just being a husband, a wife, a mum, a dad, a son, a daughter, a friend or a good neighbour."


Unpaid carers help with personal things like getting someone dressed, turning them in their sleep, helping them to the toilet, helping them move about or to take their medication.  Unpaid Carers also help with things like shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, filling in forms or managing money, supporting emotional and mental wellbeing.


The Vale of Glamorgan is running a programme of activities for Carers' Week 2023. 


First Aid Awareness for Unpaid Carers - 9 June 2023

The First Aid Awareness training is a 4 hour training session run by FAST - First Aid Supplies and Training in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council. This training will give you a basic understanding of what to do in an emergency and how you can help in the situation.


When and where will the training be taking place? 

Friday 9th June 2023 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. There are a maximum of 12 spaces available.

The training will be taking place at 305 Gladstone Road, Barry, South Glamorgan, CF63 1NL.


Book a place on the first aid awareness for unpaid carers  or ring 01446 704851



Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression –

Managing Challenging Behaviour for unpaid carers - 13 June 2023


When and where will this course be running?

13th June 2023, 9am registration for 9:30am start until 1:30pm – Cosmeston Room, Civic Offices, Holton Road Barry


Book a place on the Managing Challenging Behaviour Course for unpaid carers  or ring 01446 704851


What is the Managing Challenging Behaviour training and what is involved?

The De-escalation course is designed for those unpaid carers who may be presented with behaviours that may be perceived as violent and aggressive.


Course Aim

The Aim of this course is to:

· Examine the issues surrounding anger, aggression, violence and challenging behaviours

· Be able to spot early warning signs and implement violence reduction strategies.

· Recognise how behaviours occur

· Learn how to communicate with an angry individual to resolve conflict and de-escalate

· Understand the importance of a non-physical/violent response to situations 



Moving and Handling - Safer Use of Hoists and Slings - 14 June 2023

Practical guidance for unpaid Carers


When: 14th June 2023. Time 10:00am – 1:30pm

Venue: The Manual Handling Training Room 12, Development Team, City Hall, Cardiff, CF10 3ND


Do you help to care for someone living in either Cardiff or the Vale of Glamorgan (family member or friend) and need a little bit of moving and handling guidance?  Do you want to know about some safer manual handling methods when assisting a person to move; or what equipment is available?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you may want to attend one of our manual handling awareness sessions.  Although held in a manual handling training room setting, the sessions are very informal, and we’ll even give you a cuppa and a biscuit.


Places are limited; to book onto a session or for further advice contact:


  • 02920 871111


Aims of the course:

·        Safer principles of applying a patient sling and using a hoist

·        Safer use of an electric profiling bed

·        Assisting with rolling

·        Hoisting to / from chair & bed

 Please note that:

  • Although this course is hosted by the Cardiff Social Care Training, Cardiff Council, unpaid carers who live in the Vale of Glamorgan are also very welcome to book onto the course;
  • the course is not aimed for those who will be discharged from hospital 



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