Regional AM Suzy Davies, who is the new Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Social Services and the Older People’s Champion, has made her first visit in her new role.
Mrs Davies went to an event to mark Carers Week in Swansea which was held at the Bryn Road Scout and Guide Hall and organised by Swansea Carers group.
The event was a Well Being Day for carers. Whilst providing sessions in small-scale gardening, yoga, Indian head massages, art workshops and other holistic therapies, carers of all ages, backgrounds and caring responsibilities were able to meet and share their experiences.
Many organisations were present including Age Cymru, the National Autistic Society and Marie Curie Nurses and Suzy had the chance to talk to them about the support they are able to give to those people who care for others.
Suzy Davies said: “Carers of all ages dedicate themselves to their partners, parents or others. From children to the very elderly, they don’t see themselves as “carers” but they are. Without them, individuals, families and wider society would struggle to cope. Caring responsibilities can themselves be overwhelming, isolating and unpredictable, excluding carers from all kinds of time-dependent activities like work and organised social events.
“More of us will need care and more of us will become carers as our population ages. Whether it’s employment, education or even things like the timing of appointments with the doctor or the bank manager, we need to be more conscious that society’s timetables don’t exclude these hidden heroes.”