Vale marks Carers Rights Day 2018
The Vale will mark Carers Rights Day 2018 (CRD) with drop-in sessions and information available to carers across the county.
Carers Rights Day is an annual event on Friday 30 November, to unite organisations across the UK, to help carers in their local community to know their rights and find out how to get help and support they are entitled to.
There is an estimated 370,000 carers across Wales who provide unpaid support to a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.
On November 1 this year, Cowbridge Health Centre was the first GP surgery in the Vale to receive Silver Carers GP Accreditation.
Renae Crockford is the Carers Champion at Cowbridge Health Centre, as part of the Western Vale Family Practice.
She said: “I have been the Carers Champion for two years and am part of the nursing team. I am passionate about helping people as much as we can. A lot of the work I do is social signposting of the help we offer, as people feel they have no one to go to.
“We have lots of support available in the Vale and my job involved connecting patients and their carers with these services.
“We had already received Bronze level accreditation, but when I took over the role as Carers Champion, it was clear that we were doing enough for Silver level accreditation. We celebrated Carers Week in June this year, and there were many people in the waiting room waiting for information and support, and to learn more, it was hugely successful.”
The Vale will mark Carers Rights Day by having Information stands and drop in sessions in the following supermarkets:
Asda Superstore, Ffordd y Mileniwm, Barry, between 10.00am - 4.00pm
Morrisons, Heol Ceiniog, Barry, between 10.00am - 4.00pm
Waitrose, Palmerston Road, Barry, between 10.00am - 12.00pm
Carers can receive information, support or ask general questions at the venues.
You can find out more information about Carers rights, information and training online.