What an event! Amazing conference planned and led by Worcestershire Young Carers
12 Young Carers leading the conference

12 Young Carers leading the conference

 share their journey

Sharing their journey

Young Carers conference Co Chairs receive flowers from Mary Lewis, team manager

Young Carers conference Co Chairs receive flowers from Mary Lewis, team manager

Young Carers join delegates

Young Carers join delegates

An amazing day – well done to all Young Carers.

Children in Need and Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board  supported  this young person  run event aimed at  raising  the importance of identification of  hidden Young Carers.

P104065712 Young Carers helped plan, organise and chair the YSS Worcestershire Young Carers conference at St Peters, Worcester. For the delegates of school nurses, teachers, representatives from Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board and Children in Need, Worcester County Council Early Help, Action for Children and many other organisations working with children, young people and families in Worcestershire, they  were most moved (in some cases shocked and in tears)  from the stories as  the young people shared their caring journeys. The film they had made with Fixers, interviews for BBC Hereford and Worcester, and sound bites from the younger Young Carers were all included in this young person centred conference.

Young Carers share their journey

Young Carers share their journey

Their journeys included

  • “Young Carers helps us because we know we have somebody to talk to if we have any issues to discuss.”
  • “We get to meet others in our situation, who understand how we feel and we have made new friends we would not have made otherwise.”
  • “The one to one sessions have helped us open up and trust people to help us that we didn’t have before.”
  • “We think people should be more aware of other Young Carers in Worcestershire because when you don’t know that there is help available to you, the pressure is much worse to appear like there are no issues.”
  • “As a young carer, not only do I physically look after my mum, I also have to emotionally support her for her well-being and it can be difficult to see her in such a way. I carry out all of the usual household jobs such as the cleaning, washing, cooking the food, doing the shopping and dealing with the money side of things.”
  • “I got referred to young carers when I was in first school. At the time, I was too young to understand what being a young carer was, I thought it was a normal lifestyle for a child my age to help their mum out around the house, it just seemed the norm to me. As I grew up, I understood a lot more and it made me realise the things we do for the ones we love and we should all be very proud of ourselves.”
Young Carer shares her story

Young Carer shares her story

Letters to the Young Carers from Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, and Liz Eyre, Cabinet member for Children and Families, were read as they were unable to be present themselves. Robin Walker said  “At a challenging time for local  government, I think it is  absolutely right  that  the County Council has marked out  the Young Carers as a special group deserving special support “.

Hannah Needham

Hannah Needham

Hannah Needham, Strategic Early Help Manager Worcestershire County council spoke on the continued focus of Children’s Services on Young Carers in times of extreme financial pressure.  Diana Fulbrook, Independent Chair of the Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board, asked the question  are Young Carers a safeguarding  matter; and Amanda Williams, Young Carers School Nurse champion, explained  the  pilot project  in GP practices, identifying   those with caring needs and  highlighting them  on their IT system and on a carers register.  From The Childrens Society, Gunhild Chifunda, spoke on the findings of their report “Hidden from View” and on the Young Carers in Focus project  nationally.

Young carers share their caring journey

Young carers share their caring journey

It's time to go crackers

It’s time to go crackers

It was an amazing event, with fun elements and young carers so involved. This   helped raise the profile of Young Carers and gave them a voice to tell more of their lives. One delegate said “The young people were really great to speak to, so knowledgeable, and a big thank you goes to them for planning such a great day”.P1040669

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Amanda Williams Young Carers Champion: School Nurse

Delegates were clearly inspired by the conference to look at

Busy day for Young Carers: Sharing journeys and co chairing

Busy day for Young Carers: Sharing journeys and co chairing

ways they can make a difference in their work place to ensure they identify and support Young Carers. Identifying unknown Young Carers we hope will be a priority in many more organisations following this.

Explaining a Young Carer journey

Explaining a Young Carer journey

Within 24 hours of the conference one school is already looking/ planning ways to give young carers a voice in their school.

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