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City helps raise visibility of carers in special week

SWANSEA'S paying tribute to the tens of thousands of carers who go the extra mile every single day to support those who could not manage without their help.

Young Adult Carers

There's more than 30,000 carers of all ages who are providing essential unpaid care to family and friends across the city.

Swansea Council in partnership with other organisations in the health and voluntary sector provide a range of support to carers from young people still in school to older people looking after their partners.

Clive Lloyd, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said that most of the support and care people with long-term disabilities and other needs, comes from family, relatives and friends.

In Swansea they have a network of support but now more than ever, their role needs to be visible and in the public eye.

Cllr Lloyd, who is himself a carer, added: "This week is Carers' Week and across the country we're campaigning to raise the visibility of carers during a Coronavirus pandemic that has demonstrated the need for carers more than ever."

And on the Carers' Week website which offers people the opportunity to pledge their support for carers, Cllr Lloyd added: "This Carers Week I will champion support for unpaid carers in my Parliament, Assembly, Local Authority.

"I am a politician (Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Community Health) and a carer. I will highlight the value of all carers of all ages, their dedication often without recognition and be their advocate whenever I can."

Cllr Lloyd said that as a council Swansea wanted to acknowledge carers' essential role in their communities.

He said: "We are proud to be adding our voice to this vital campaign as part of Carers Week 2020. We're doing all we can to improve the lives of carers, particularly in the way they access our services and support.

"My message to the many thousands of carers who are doing a tremendous job day-in-day-out is that we are here for you. This coming Thursday we are lighting up the Guildhall in tribute to you as well as to increase the visibility of the vital work you do to a wider audience.

 "We're also very grateful to our partners in voluntary organisations and carers themselves for helping us all to provide the services that matter to carers and those they care for."

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. 

Cllr Lloyd said most people do not choose to become carers, and many do not even recognise themselves as carers, seeing the support they provide as simply what they would do for someone they care about. 

He said: "That's why being visible as a carer matters so much. If people recognise themselves as carers, it's the first step in getting the support that they might need to continue their critical role in the lives of the people they care for."

To find out more about council services for carers go to: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/carers

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