Denbighshire launches pledge to unpaid carers
Denbighshire County Council has launched its Carers Charter on Carers Rights Day 2020.
The charter, produced in consultation with local adult and young carers and Denbighshire Carer’s Strategy Group, sets out the Council’s commitment to carers.
It sets out the Council’s pledge for carers to have the right to be treated with courtesy, respect and dignity as well the right to an individual assessment for the needs of the carer to be identified separately from the person for whom they are caring, as well giving carers a voice.
Cllr Bobby Feeley, the Council’s Lead Member for Well-being and Independence, said: “Carers play a pivotal role in our society and the Council values the important contribution unpaid carers play as part of our workforce, services and communities.
“This charter is our public statement of commitment to carers and we hope local businesses, third sector and community organisations will sign up and make copies available in their workspaces and offices to ensure the role of informal unpaid, carers are recognised and respected.
“It sets out the rights for adult carers and for carers under 18, recognising they are children and young people first and to be fully supported through their education.”
The charter is available on the Council’s website.
Across Wales 370,000 people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, with 11,600 of those in Denbighshire.
As part of its Corporate Plan, the Council has committed to supporting carers by improving the services that exist and ensuring young, young adult, parent and adult carers are aware of the support available to them.
The Council has produced an information leaflet with North East Wales Carers Information Service (NEWCIS) to provide carers with a range of information.
Carers Rights Day 2020 is organised by Carers UK and takes place on Thursday, November 26 to ensure carers are aware of their right and lets them know where to get help and support.
You can find the Carers Charter at www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/health-and-social-care/carers/denbighshires-carers-charter.aspx