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New short break programme for unpaid carers launched at Bridgend Life Centre

A new short break programme for unpaid carers has been successfully launched by Halo Leisure in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council and Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations (BAVO) at Bridgend Life Centre. The initiative has been supported by the Welsh Government’s respite support programme for unpaid carers and is part of a wider programme involving a range of third sector partners.

The programme aims to support the health and wellbeing of unpaid carers responsible for adults and children in Bridgend County Borough, through a series of free holistic therapy sessions at the centre.

The programme includes free and full use of the toning and health suite facilities, and advice on diet and nutrition, alongside relaxation exercises which are also provided.

The two-hourly sessions have been taking place every Tuesday at Bridgend Life Centre, and replacement care can also be provided to allow unpaid carers to take some time away from their commitments to enjoy the wellbeing activities.

Unpaid carers who wish to take part in the programme can contact for further information.

Ryan Statton, Active Communities Manager at Halo Leisure said:

“Across the UK there are lots of carers who are exhausted through their caring role and experiencing poor health.

“So, we’ve been delighted to be able to offer this programme which really aims to put carers in control of their own wellbeing.

“We’ve been really pleased to be able to offer this with support from Bridgend County Borough Council, and we’ve been seeing some fantastic outcomes to date.”

It’s a fantastic opportunity for unpaid carers in the county borough to get some respite and help with their health and wellbeing, and I’m really pleased that it’s also an opportunity for people to meet others from different backgrounds and with different responsibilities, and a chance to make friendships for life. We understand that caring responsibilities can differ from person to person, and if you are an unpaid carer please get in touch so we can look at ways to support you if needed.

Councillor Dhanisha Patel, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations

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