Over 50 people turned up to the sunlit Hi Tide venue in Porthcawl on Thursday 5 September, where the local community united for the same cause; to help improve the lives of carers.

The Bridgend Carers Information Day event, hosted by Carers Trust South East Wales, provided carers with the opportunity to meet others in a similar position to themselves, whilst also featuring market stalls and guest speakers.

Hafal, Carers Wales and Employability Bridgend were among 15 partner organisations who attended to provide information and support on the day. Carers Trust South East Wales will be working alongside them to ensure that carers in the borough get the best possible support, delivered from community venues across Bridgend. 

The day also saw the launch of our Carers Wellbeing Service, which aims to improve wellbeing by helping carers to make the most of their life alongside their caring role and maintain their independence.

Andreas Van Wyk, of Awen Wales, highlighted Off Duty in his talk, a choir set up specifically for carers in Bridgend County Borough. The choir was formed in January and debuted their first song, titled “Strong”, in June. The first line of the song was written by choir member Jackie, a nurse of 43 years who now cares for her husband, who suffers with dementia.

Councillor Huw David, Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside Carers Trust South East Wales, and the recent information event was highly successful.

“Since it was launched last spring, the new service has been offering enhanced support to local people specifically designed to help meet their needs and requirements.

“It is doing an excellent job of building on the good work that has already taken place, and I am really looking forward to seeing the service develop further for the benefit of carers throughout the county borough.”