Gwynedd celebrates Carers Week
Carers Week will be held from 8-14 June, and Gwynedd Council will once again celebrate the occasion.
Normally, events would be held across the county to celebrate the occasion, but obviously with the Covid-19 pandemic continuing, this will not be possible this year. Instead, a series of videos will be posted on social media sites to celebrate and recognise the valuable contribution of carers.
The annual event highlights carers and aims to promote their work. These are people who look after family members or friends (known as unpaid carers) and are often hidden carers.
Councilor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Well-being, said: “This year will be a very different carers week with the Covid-19 pandemic, but our appreciation is greater than ever. Many carers have to do more than usual.
“I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the challenges that people who are looking after someone are experiencing and that we have a great respect for the work they do.
“There are an estimated 12,500 unpaid carers in Gwynedd, and I have great respect for them all
"This is why we are highlighting Carers Week, and we will be posting several items on our social media throughout the week."
Around 6.5 million people across Britain care for a disabled, poor or older family member or friend for no pay. If it wasn't for their work, the stress of caring for people who could not otherwise look after themselves, would be immense.
Being a carer, and helping to make sure that people can continue to live in their own homes and surroundings, is very rewarding. But it can also be very hard and emotional work.
For more information on the support available to unpaid carers in Gwynedd, visit www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/carershandbook
PHOTOGRAPH: Still from a video clip by Councillor Dafydd Meurig opening Carers Week