AM calls for greater recognition of the work of carers

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones, is calling for the work of carers across Wales to be more widely recognised and supported.

Ms Jones said: “National Carers Week provides the opportunity for us to recognise the invaluable work done by carers on a daily basis.

“We need to recognise their hard work and dedication to looking after those who need everything from basic support to intensive and 24/7 care and attention. Often the work of carers goes unrecognised, but they are a vital part of the fabric of our community – especially at a time when NHS and social services are being pushed to capacity.

“Caring can be very isolating when providing constant care to a loved one and it is important that carers have access to respite, which would be more equally identified with a greater emphasis on a carers assessment at the time social services become aware of a caring need. National Carers Week gives us the opportunity to inform carers of the support networks that could be available to them”.

The Welsh Government estimates that over 370,000 people in Wales provide unpaid care for a friend, neighbour or relative in need of support. Support ranges from doing household chores to more intimate care such as helping with washing and going to the toilet.

Ms Jones has raised a statement of opinion highlighting National Carers Week and has called on fellow AMs to support the campaign.

National Carers Week runs from 9th June – 15th June and is supported by a number of charities such as Marie Curie, Age UK, the MS Society and the Stroke Association.