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Celebrating the strength of carers on International Women’s Day

Imelda Richardson, the Chief Inspector of Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales has called upon others to support the role of carers, on International Women’s Day 2016.

As the official IWD 2016  movement calls for individuals to make a ’pledge for parity’, the Chief Inspector is also calling on people to recognise and respect the important role of carers and the role they play in providing support to families.

Imelda has visited a number of groups and organisations so far in 2015 and 2016 where carers play an important role in the health and wellbeing of people including Carmarthenshire Crossroads Care, Shared Lived Plus in Carmarthenshire, Ty Storrie respite centre in Cardiff and Carers Wales’ first Carer’s Assembly in Cardiff Bay.

In my experience both as a former social worker and a Chief Inspector, when there is a need for care, this often falls to the immediate family – both male and female; and family members often pick up these responsibilities either in addition to their regular work duties and careers or in replacement of these. 

Although these responsibilities often come with their own difficulties and challenges for both for the carer and the cared-for, the positive impact they play in terms of support, familiarity and companionship for people who need care and support is immeasurable.  Carers need us to recognise the role they play and often they need wider help and support of their own. I’m glad that legislation in Wales is doing more now to include and involve people and their families in the decisions made about them.

Finally, on International Women’s Day I want us to celebrate the achievements and strengths of carers and individuals in Wales with careers that support people – social workers, nursery nurses, domiciliary care workers and support staff. You are the lifeblood and the backbone of the caring profession and on this day, your strength and contribution should be celebrated too.

Information and resources for International Women’s Day

If you are a carer in Wales looking for help, support and advice Carers Trust Wales (external link) can help.

Find out more about International Women’s Day (external link) or make a ‘Pledge for Parity’ (external link).

The ‘Live Free Fear’ (external link) website, supported by Welsh Women’s Aid and Welsh Government aims to provide support and advice for those suffering from domestic abuse, sexual violence and other forms of violence against women.

To find out how legislation in Wales is doing more to support well-being outcomes for people, you can read about the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act.

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