July 19, 2024

Denbighshire County Council is thanking carers as part of a national week to mark their contribution.

The Council is highlighting the work of unpaid carers as part of Carers Week 2020, an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges unpaid carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities.

Cllr Bobby Feeley, the Council’s Lead Member for Well-being and Independence, said: “The Council would like to highlight and thank all unpaid carers in Denbighshire who have been working hard to care for their loved ones under extremely difficult circumstances during the coronavirus outbreak.

“Carers play a pivotal role in our society, and supporting them is a priority for the Council. During lockdown the Council is working closely with North East Wales Carers Information Service (NEWCIS), Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council (DVSC) and other third sector organisations to continue to support carers.”

NEWCIS has been contacting carers who are feeling particularly isolated, to check on support needs, deliver food boxes to carers struggling with their weekly food shop and provide keep busy boxes, including puzzles, books, jigsaw, DVDs for carers isolating and those with young children.

Across Wales 370,000 people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill with 11,600 of those in Denbighshire.

As part of its Corporate Plan, the Council has committed to supporting carers by improving the services that exist and ensuring young, parent and adult carers are aware of the support available to them.

The Council has recently produced a new information leaflet with NEWCIS to provide carers with a range of information.

Cllr Ann Davies, the Council’s Carers Champion, said: “Carers are so important to our communities and they deserve our thanks. I’m pleased to support the work the Council is doing to support carers by improving the provision of information, advice and assistance as well as helping carers access leisure services, providing financial support to allow carers to take short breaks and by offering training.”