Friday, 22 June 2012
THE first event to help boost the health and well being of carers in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan has been hailed a success.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board brought together over twenty organisations to offer benefits and financial support, healthy living and life coaching guidance to carers.
Carers have praised the event that will return again next year.
Sue Barrow, Patient Experience Facilitator said: “The day was a real success. The feedback from those who attend was very positive and it was a chance for carers, and those organisations, which are supporting them, to have really useful conversations.
"As a first event we are very happy with how it went and we are confident that we can build on what we've achieved this year and make the event even more beneficial for carers in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.”
The event was attended by teams from the Health Board, local councils and a host of voluntary and support organisations, so it was a great chance for carers to give their feedback on ways that the teams can help them.
There was also hand and nail care, and an Indian head massage, as well as a guided tour of the stadium.
Jacqui Beddoes from Cowbridge has been caring for her 22-year-old daughter Stephanie who was born with severe learning difficulties.
She managed to provide the demanding care Stephanie needs whilst raising two older children and trying to keep herself fit as well.
Jacqui said: “I think this event is brilliant because it is really hard to keep yourself fit and well when you are caring for a loved one with special needs but it is so important, not only because someone depends on you, but also the impact it can have if you become unwell.”