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Support for unpaid Carers in Ceredigion



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WHETHER you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while, it’s important that you understand your rights and what support is out there to support you, wherever you are in your caring journey. Whether you are in the workplace, a healthcare setting, when interacting with professionals or at home.

It may feel as if you are juggling two jobs when you are in paid work or studying and caring for a friend or relative. Caring can be unpredictable; it can happen overnight or creep up on you and often can’t be planned. Being a carer can take its toll on your wellbeing – it is more important than ever that you look after your own health too.

Carers Rights Day is held on 25 November. This year, the Carers and Community Support Team and our health and community partners want to empower you with the knowledge that you need, so you can feel confident asking for what you need, when you need it. To support this, we have brought together a free programme of in-person activities and online short-talks.

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Carers Lead and Cabinet member with responsibility for Porth Gofal, Early Intervention, Wellbeing Hubs and Culture said: “It’s wonderful to be able to bring carers together again in small groups as well as continuing with online advice too. This programme appeals to a variety of unpaid Carers such as parent carers, dementia carers and those caring for someone affected by mental health or substance misuse issues.”

If you know of anyone with caring responsibilities who would benefit from these free activities, please pass it on. There’s no shame in reaching out for advice when you need it; it takes a strong person to carry on caring – it takes a stronger, more resilient person to reach out to others.

The programme of activities for unpaid carers is available on the Council’s website at: and on our Facebook page @CeredigionCC under events.

Supporting unpaid carers in employment

To raise awareness about the rights of unpaid carers and the potential benefits to local businesses of supporting unpaid carers, the Carers and Community Support Team have published a digital pack containing information and advice for Ceredigion based small and medium enterprises (SME’s) whose staff may be juggling paid work and unpaid care.

Research shows that around 600 people a day, in the UK, quit their job to care for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill. It also suggests that resulting staff absence, stress and turnover could be costing UK businesses over £3.5 billion every year.

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Council makes available wellbeing and mental health support for social care providers



The programme will run until March 2022

IN RECOGNITION of the important work of the social care sector and impact of the Covid pandemic on social care providers and their staff, Ceredigion County Council has made available a programme of wellbeing and mental health support sessions.

The programme consists of Wellbeing and Mental health Awareness, Mental Health First Aid (Adults and Youth) and also offers facilitated support sessions.

The programme of events will run from December through to March 2022.

Any social care provider, carer or personal assistant can request more information or book a place on these sessions by emailing

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Avian Influenza identified in poultry on Anglesey



THE CHIEF Veterinary Officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop has confirmed the presence of avian influenza H5N1 in a small backyard flock of chickens and ducks at a premises on the Isle of Anglesey.

A 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zone Area have been imposed around the small infected premises, to limit the risk of disease spread.

The risk to public health from the virus is considered to be very low and these cases do not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

A case of avian influenza was confirmed in poultry and wild birds in Wrexham County borough last month. There have been similar findings of avian influenza in the UK and Europe.

On Wednesday this week the Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland agreed to bring in new housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza. These measures come into force on Monday, 29 November.

All keepers are strongly advised to be vigilant for signs of the disease such as increased mortality or respiratory distress. If keepers have any concerns about the health of their birds, they are encouraged to seek prompt advice from their veterinary surgeon.

The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop, said:

“This confirmation of a case of avian influenza in poultry on the Isle of Anglesey is further evidence of the need for all keepers of birds to ensure they have the very highest levels of biosecurity in place.

“We have announced new housing measures will come into force from next Monday to protect poultry and kept birds, but I must stress that this is at its most effective when combined with implementation of the most stringent biosecurity measures.

“Public Health Wales has said the risk to the health of the public from Avian Influenza is very low and the Food Standards Agency has made clear it does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

“Temporary control zones have been imposed to help prevent further spread of the disease.

“Suspicion of avian influenza or any other notifiable disease must be reported to the Animal and Plant Health Agency immediately.”

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Commitment to collaborative approach for Celtic Sea floating wind project



A SUCCESSFUL Celtic Sea APPG Reception, attended by over 100 key representatives of Industry and MPs, was hosted by Cherilyn Mackrory and the Celtic Sea Developers Alliance at the House of Commons on Monday.
The event, which included speakers from The Crown Estate, Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK and the Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart promoted floating wind (FLOW), which will become a key global technology in achieving a cost-effective Net Zero.
Cherilyn Mackrory MP for Truro and Falmouth and Celtic Sea APPG Member said:
“It was fantastic to be able to bring together developers, supply chain partners and Parliamentarians to hear more about the exciting opportunities for floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea and positive announcements have set the scene for our discussions.
Particularly, the Government’s commitment to floating offshore wind as part of the Net Zero Strategy, building on the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to deliver 1GW of energy through floating offshore wind by 2030.”
Simon Hart MP, Secretary of State for Wales said: “The development of floating off shore wind projects in our waters could create thousands of sustainable jobs in Wales, boosting our economy and accelerating the UK’s shift to clean growth. I’m delighted to support projects in the Celtic Sea which will help the UK Government reach our aim of net-zero emissions by 2050 and to see Wales at the forefront of this exciting opportunity. “
In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change stated that offshore wind will become the backbone of the future energy system requiring 100GW of installed capacity by 2050, with floating wind set to deliver 50% of that target. Delivering 100GW of offshore wind will provide a huge economic opportunity across the UK.
The Celtic Sea will play a key role in delivering UK and Irish low carbon targets with an estimated 50GW of realisable wind resource, in turn, driving regional development, creating new supply chain opportunities, a just energy transition and a significant portion of the 29,000 jobs forecast by 2050.
The Celtic Sea Developers Alliance brings together FLOW developer interests from Cornwall and the Great South West, Ireland and Wales to strengthen collaboration between the three regions with the aim of realising the economic and low carbon energy opportunity presented by FLOW

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