Carers Trust Wales has supported the launch of a new resource called Taking Care/Cymryd Gofal, for carers in Wales. 

The new resource – Taking Care/Cymryd Gofal – is part of a three year Caring for Carers project taking place at Marie Curie, funded by Big Lottery Fund.

Taking Care/Cymryd Gofal – available in both Welsh and English - provides carers with information and support that will help them to manage the practical, physical and emotional demands of their role.

With more than 45 hours of content, the resource is aimed at supporting Carers to feel more resilient and better able to deal with the challenges they face in their caring role.

This content is delivered via interviews with carers, who share their experiences and in interviews with GPs, counsellors, support workers and other professionals supporting carers in Wales. It also includes short unique films tailor-made for the project.

For more information on the resource please email wales@carers.org.

Recognising the various demands of carers

The invited audience at the launch of the resource included carers and representatives of Marie Curie, as well as other organisations including Carers Wales, Carers Trust Wales, health boards, carer support workers and contributors to Taking Care/Cymryd Gofal.

Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health, launched the Marie Curie Taking Care/Cymryd Gofal project at Penarth Pier Pavilion.

The Minister said: "I commend both Marie Curie and the carers of loved ones living with a terminal illness in developing Taking Care/Cymryd Gofal. 

"By developing a resource which recognises the practical, physical and emotional demands of the caring role, they have provided a tool which can empower family and friends to deal with these demands, while continuing to support loved ones when they need it most."

Making a real difference to carers

Simon Hatch, Director of Carers Trust Wales, said: "Carers Trust Wales are delighted and proud to help launch the Marie Curie Taking Care, Cymryd Gofal project today.

We supported the development of this innovative resource by linking Marie Curie with our Wales wide network of local carers' services and by providing advice and information throughout its development.

"Taking Care is going to make a real difference to carers' lives by providing flexible information which can be used by a carer at the time that's right for them."