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Raising awareness for unpaid carers

Last week was national carers week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

As part of the celebrations, last year Coleg Ceredigion’s health and social care students collaborated with Ceredigion County Council’s carers unit to put on a special garden party for carers.

Following the success of the event, it was agreed that a similar event would take place again this year celebrating the work unpaid carers do.

Students had already started collecting ideas before Covid19 put a stop to any of their plans.

Inspired by the stories heard, students were determined to celebrate carers week, even if it was in the confines of their own homes.

As part of the celebration, the students created and circulated a social media video thanking and raising awareness of the work unpaid carers do.

They also agreed to a pen-pal style communication through Ceredigion County Council’s carers unit, where they would keep in contact with carers social distancing due to their care commitments.

Other events that took place included a quiz that carers did with their families and a #raiseacuppaforcarers campaign on the last day of carers week, again in order to show their appreciation and raise awareness.

According to Catherine Moyle, Ceredigion County Council’s Ceredigion carers development and support officer: “The students have gone above and beyond what was put to them as part of this voluntary Carers support project with Ceredigion County Council’s Carers Unit.

“Covid-19 completely threw all their well-planned carers event work up in the air.

“Many would have walked away from the challenge of continuing with something that had been changed so drastically because its original brief was no longer feasible.

“A true act of kindness in our opinion; we are humbled and privileged to have had the opportunity to work with such dedicated young people.

“The future Health and Social Care workforce is in good hands!”

The students are hopeful that the garden party will go ahead in the future once it is safe to do so.