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Carers’ Week

The 6 – 12th June is Carers Week dedicated to creating space for carers across the UK to come together and promoting knowledge of the specific challenges they face.

At AberSU we know that some of our students have caring responsibilities which they have to balance whilst studying.

Who are Carers?

A carer is defined as ‘someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, addiction or who needs extra help as they grow older.’

There are 6.5 million people who are carers across the UK and are under increasing pressures with the rise of living costs and impacts of COVID-19.


What local support is available in Ceredigion?

Ceredigion Carers Information Service

  • Regular Carers Information Service magazines
  • Useful information relating to services, support, legislation etc. which will be tailored to your individual needs
  • Information relating to the Carers Forum which meets regularly to share support, information and friendship
  • Information about events for Carers
  • Information about relevant training courses
  • Notification about consultations taking place on local and national issues. This is your opportunity to have a voice on issues affecting carers

https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/social-care-wellbeing/support-for-carers/carers-information-service

Ceredigion Carer Card

This is a card for carers over 18 which ensures you are eligible for:

  • Free flu vaccination
  • Free IT and digital skills course
  • Free access to leisure facilities in Ceredigion

https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/carercard

Gofalwyr Ceredigion Carers

  • GCC’ offer support to Carers aged 18 and over which includes:
  • Information and advice
  • Emotional support on an individual basis
  • Group activities
  • Help to access support to have a break from the Caring role

03330143377 | ceredigion@credu.cymru


What support is available to me as a student?

Student Union:

  • Access to our Independent Advice Service union.advice@aber.ac.uk
  • Represented by Independent Student’s Officer (suindependent@aber.ac.uk) and dedicated Meet and Greets held twice a year in October and January.

University:

More information here https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/study-with-us/ug-studies/scholarships/care-leavers/

I’m not a carer but want to help - how can I be more carer aware?

  • Being flexible – situations might change quickly and someone might need to suddenly leave an event or change plans
  • Active listening – Take time to hear how they are feeling and remind them of the services available
  • Keep in touch – Carers often feel isolated and sometimes struggle to keep up regular social contact.
  • COVID-19 - be mindful that someone might be caring for someone who is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and might have different comfort zones for activities.

Bibliography:

https://www.carersuk.org/home

https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/social-care-wellbeing/support-for-carers/carers-information-service

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