Angela James and Verity Lewis, who work for Carers Trust South East Wales, have been nominated for a South Wales Argus Health and Care Award in the Third Sector or Community Team of the Year category.

Angela and Verity work in GP surgeries across Blaenau Gwent and Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan to provide free, confidential drop-in sessions for unpaid carers. They offer emotional and practical support and advice to carers, working with GP surgeries to identify carers and reduce social isolation in order to improve quality of life. The GP Carers Engagement Service worked with well over 2,000 carers in 2018/19 alone; a number that is expected to increase this year.

The South Wales Argus Health and Care Awards is now in its third year and will take place on the 5th of September at Chepstow Racecourse. You can find more information about the ceremony here: https://newsquestevents.co.uk/swa-health-care-awards/

Angela James said: “It is fantastic that the Carers Engagement Service has been nominated for this Award. Verity and I are very passionate about our work, so it’s great that the service has been recognised in this way and really endorses the work we have been doing.”

Verity Lewis said: “It's a privilege to work for a service that does so much to spread the word that there is support available for carers – who are often so focused on caring for others that they forget about themselves. The partnership between Carers Trust South East Wales, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in providing the service has been very successful and everyone involved wants to be proactive in supporting carers."

Carers Trust South East Wales Chief Executive Officer Gareth Howells said: “It’s fantastic that Angela and Verity have had this recognition for the genuinely innovative work they are doing to find and support unpaid carers in Blaenau Gwent.

“Our GP Carers Engagement Service is making a massive difference to the lives of carers in the area and Angela and Verity’s dedication to helping people means the service will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Tania Hooper Carers Lead Officer Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council said: “It is so pleasing to know that Angela and Verity’s hard work and commitment is being recognised in this way. The Carers Engagement Service has been a shining example of fantastic partnership working between Blaenau Gwent Council, Carers Trust South East Wales and Aneurin Bevan Health Board. Carers in the area have regularly commented on how well supported they have felt when accessing the service and how helpful and kind both Angela and Verity are. Their support has helped make a real and positive difference to their caring role.”