8–14 June 2020
Pembrokeshire Carers Information and Support Service (PCISS)
To celebrate Carers Week we asked carers to highlight their role as part of the “Making Caring Visible” theme.
Carers have made videos and podcasts that give their thoughts about making unpaid carers more visible. Included in the following videos and podcasts are thoughts of carers around the Carers Week themes about making caring visible.
Please enjoy watching this collection of videos and podcasts. We hope that you find something that is of use, inspirational or makes you want to find out more.
Underneath the videos and podcasts there is information about resources that are available in Pembrokeshire and across Wales for unpaid carers. We hope you find these useful.
There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers, yet research suggests that they often feel isolated – and they are seven times more likely to say they are lonely than the general population.
Carers Week aims to make it clear that everyone has a part to play in making sure these carers are seen, heard, and understood, and helping them to get the support they need to care. This could include an employer setting up an online carers’ network, a GP practice offering an annual health check or alternative appointment times to carers, or a business offering special deals or priority access for carers. Or it could be each of us reaching out to our family, friends or neighbours who we know are caring for someone, and letting them know that we are there for them too.
The Pandemic has highlighted the vital work that unpaid carers do. It is essential that this visibility continues, and that carers not only get the recognition they deserve but also the resources they need.
Cares Week 2020 will support carers by supporting them to:
- access advice and information – for example, on how to keep themselves and the people they care for safe, understanding the benefits system, or accessing care services
- access services – whether by having a carer’s assessment or by accessing local support to take a break, get the right equipment to care safely and improve their own well-being
- become visible to friends, family and colleagues by encouraging greater understanding from friends, family and colleagues about how to support carers can help to combat feelings of loneliness
- become visible to other carers by providing opportunities to link with other carers in the community to share experiences and build new friendships
- become visible to the general public by raising awareness of how many carers there are in society, and increasing recognition of the huge contribution they make. During Carers Week organisations and individuals across the UK will raise the profile of caring within communities, at places of work and in the media. You can show your support by pledging your support, registering your Carers Week activity, or simply by following Carers Week on social media. Together we can make carers more visible in all our communities
Useful information for unpaid carers
For help with any of the above please contact Pembrokeshire Carers Information and Support Service (PCISS) the carers specialist information and support service in Pembrokeshire.
Phone: 01437 611002
The service will be available 9am-8pm Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm Saturday & Sunday.
Services include Carers Information Packs, Carers Emergency Back-up Scheme, Carers Recognition Card, and the Carers Outreach Service
Provides practical support to unpaid Carers living Cerdigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys. To find out more go to: http://www.crossroadsmww.org.uk/
Carers Wales’ Carers Week Activities 2020
To find out more about carers week activities go to: https://www.carersweek.org/
Pembrokeshire County Council Carers: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/carers
Pembrokeshire Community Hub: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-community-information/community-hub
Hywel Dda University Health Board Carers Page: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/862/page/57866
Marie Curie resource which is all videos.
Looking after your mental health
How to deal with stress and anxiety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmvNCdpHUYM
- hafal.org – information on Hafal’s services across Wales
- hafal.org/coronavirus/ – information on maintaining wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak including a link to our ‘five top tips’ for overcoming anxiety
- hafal.org/services/carers/ – Hafal’s Carers’ Hub including our ten-point guide for carers and information on the Social Services and Wellbeing Act
- Hafal provides constant updates on its social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram
- Clic – Hafal runs a moderated online community – Clic – providing a safe space for people to connect and make friends
- carersuk.org/wales – advice and information for carers in Wales
- nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/support-and-benefits-for-carers/benefits-for-carers/ – information on benefits for carers
- nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/ – the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak and information on how to stay safe from Public Health Wales