Young Carers visit Houses of Parliament- thanks to Robin Walker MP for Worcester

13 Worcestershire Young Carers, together with YSS key worker Neil Phillips, thoroughly  enjoyed  their trip to Houses Of Parliament  on Monday 4 March. The visit was organised by Robin Walker MP for Worcester.  Many thanks  go to his office  for  their assistance.

Droitwich Lions  Club very kindly supported the trip  with a donation of £500.

  • Robin Walker MP said ” It was a great pleasure, having met some of these young carers in Worcester, to welcome them to Westminster and engage with them about how we as MPs can help. These are hugely impressive young people who have taken on enormous responsibilities at an early age. The work of carers is vital to this country and they deserve our support. We need to recognise that there are many more young carers out there and do more to identify them, get them the support they need and give them opportunities to live a full and active life.”
  • Peter Luff MP commented “I was really honoured to meet young carers from Worcestershire in the House of Commons.  To hear of the care and commitment they give to those they love, and their personal sacrifice in doing so, was deeply moving. We can all too easily forget that many carers are young people, caring for their parents, brother, sisters or other family members. As young people they face particular challenges and we should all do what we can to support and help them. “

Quotes  from the young people included:

” Brilliant day out”,

” Much more interesting that  I thought it would be “

” Very lucky to be  inside  this amazing place”

Young carers are children and young people who look after someone in their family who has an illness, a disability, or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse.

Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. The tasks undertaken can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care and the structure of the family as a whole. YSS Worcestershire Young Carers team provides support for up to 160 Young Carers  per month. This is mostly through clubs and activities although we also support over 25 young people on a one to one basis at any one time who have acute and complex needs.

13 Young people, aged between 13 and 24, YSS Staff  and  sessional worker Jackie Benton,  travelled to London and had a guided tour of the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The  guide told lots of stories about certain paintings and statues and what the Queen’s involvement is in many of the traditions and ceremonies in parliament. All of the young people asked lots of questions, and knew some of the answers to the guides questions too.

The group then were met by Robin Walker MP, Mark Garnier MP and Peter Luff MP.  The group had run some sessions around what they could ask the MP’s and had discussed it during the journey down. The group came across as very articulate, intelligent and passionate about the issues discussed. These included funding for young carers, raising the profile of young carers, university fees, the transition of service to adult carer and housing for the carer once the caring role was finished. The session  was  even extended  to allow for further questioning. The MP’s appeared very impressed with the group and tried to answer everything as well as they could, as well as asking lots of questions about each young person and their caring role.  The main message that came across was that our MP’s are there to represent us and that we should all be contacting them more about things they could help with.

  • Mark Garnier, MP, commented: “I am delighted  to have had the opportunity of spending  some time with the group of young carers who came to London for some  well earned respite and hearing some of their stories first hand. Their dedication and commitment to their loved ones is second  to none  and a huge sacrifice to their  own childhood. For many carers young and old it is their own health which can be neglected, which is why the support of volunteers through the team is of great importance.”

All of the group said they enjoyed the day thoroughly and have decided they would like to raise some money to organise a full weekend sightseeing in London! Any organisations or individuals interested in sponsoring this activity should please contact ann.constable@yss.org.uk or telephone 01299 252 304 for more details.

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