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Vale Carers: If you are a carer in the Vale of Glamorgan and would like to chat with others in the same or similar situation, search Facebook for the Vale Carers Page and become a member; you can share as much or as little information as you like by changing your Facebook account security settings.  If you would like IT sessions to help you learn how to use Facebook, contact the Parents Federation on 02920 227800 and ask about training courses for carers. 

Age Concern run various groups and meetings:

Weekly club meeting from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon each Wednesday in Ewenny Community Village Hall (the Old School) for tea/coffee and biscuits.  Monthly speakers and activities.  For more information ring Jane Platts on 01446 795631. 

Tai Chi for beginners from 11.00 am to 12.00 noon every Thursday in Ewenny & Corntown Village Hall.  Tai chi can reduce the risk of falls and improve mobility of the ankle, hip and knee.  If you are interested and would like to attend, contact Sue (who is an instructor member of the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain) on 01446 744643.  Cost £4.00 

Coffee and chat drop-in session on (usually) the last Thursday of every month in Franklin's Café, Main Road, Ogmore-by-Sea.  The remit is not set so if you are aged over 50 and need any information, support or have any ideas on what can be done to help older people of the area, or just want a bit of company do come along for a while between 1.30 pm and 3.00 pm.  For more information, ring Jane Platts on 01446 795631.  

Bridgend Carers Centre hold a drop-in session on Mondays between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm at 87 Park Street, Bridgend, or ring 01656 658479 to arrange an appointment.  This charitable organisation provides support for unpaid carers who are caring for friends, neighbours or family members. 

Crossroads offers support and assistance to present (and past) carers as well as organising events, information days, outings and running group meetings in the Barry, Penarth and Vale areas.  The Western Vale Social Group for those with dementia and their carers usually meets on the last Wednesday of the month at The Boverton Castle, Llantwit Major.  Ring the office on 02920 700057 for more details.  Visit Crossroads website

Alzheimer's Society Dementia Support Group meets from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm on the first Tuesday of every month at Bethel Baptist Church, The Old Manse, Durrel Street, Llantwit Major.  CF61 1AD.  Ring 02920 434960 for more details.  Bridgend & District Group base is at the Angelton Clinic, Glanrhyd Hospital, Tondu Road, Bridgend.  CF31 4LN.  Tel 01656 753754.  Visit Alzheimer's Society website


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