The Welsh Labour Government has announced a £1 million fund to help unpaid carers in Ogmore and across Wales to cope with the financial pressures of Covid-19.
Open to carers across Wales, the Carers Support Fund will see grants of up to £300 made available for a range of essentials, including; food, household items such as furniture or white goods, or electronics such as a laptop for access to support and services.
There are around 55,300 people in Wales who receive a carer’s allowance and recent research suggests that almost 40% of carers are worried about their financial situation.
Ogmore MS Huw Irranca-Davies is encouraging unpaid carers across Ogmore to access the scheme when applications open in November and said: “Unpaid carers in Ogmore make an invaluable difference to the people they care for, their families and the wider community.
However, the difference can sometimes mean their own health and wellbeing can be neglected. Some are also struggling to cope with the extra costs caused by Covid-19.
The Carers Support Fund will help to alleviate some of these additional, unnecessary pressures and help to support them maintain a normal life as possible.”
The funding support will be delivered through Carers Trust Wales who have been working throughout the pandemic to support unpaid carers and will be available up to 31 March 2021.
More information on how to access grants under the scheme will be on the Carers Trust website in early November: carers.org/wales