COMMUNITY support, teachers and GP surgery staff were among others recognised for their work to support unpaid family carers and young carers, at a recent training day focusing on Carers Rights.
Receptionist at the Llandrindod Wells GP’s surgery, Angela Watkins, was among the recipients of the Carers Champion award.
Powys Carers Service, the carers support charity, organised the training delivered by leading carers’ rights lawyer Luke Clements, to raise awareness of carers rights with health and social care professionals.
Over 85 people from the voluntary sector, social services and health updated their knowledge of carers rights and debated the issues facing carers.
Unpaid family carers provide over 95 per cent of the social care in our communities.
The support of staff in GP surgeries, schools and health settings is invaluable.
Many carers do not recognise themselves as carers, they are just looking after their family. However, taking the title carer can open the doors to help and support.
The Carers Champions celebrated by Powys Carers all make that extra effort to recognise and support carers in their work.
If you are looking after someone who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse issues, and they cannot manage without out your support then you are a carer. Powys Carers Service offers information, advice, advocacy and peer group support.
For more information on the help available, call 01597 823 800 or go to www.powyscarers.org.uk