New from December 2013:
YSS Ltd Worcestershire Young Carers Participation project in Worcestershire are delighted to announce that BBC Children in Need have awarded them a grant of £41,000 over 3 years. This grant will fund and help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in Worcestershire. This grant has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the public, during which saw £26 million raised on Appeal night 2012.
The project is establishing a young carers participation group with regular monthly group meetings led by a skilled participation worker and supported by volunteers. The focus is on empowering young carers and giving them a platform to raise the awareness and issues of young carers in Worcestershire as well as producing regular newsletters and website/social media updates to reflect their thoughts and views and give them a collective voice.
This is following on from a recent request for young carers to attend and speak at a safeguarding conference where we realized the resources, responsibility and skills required to prepare them to carry out the role. However the positive effect on the young carers, who were involved in this one off event, was staggering in terms of their communication skills, self esteem and confidence.
Young Carers have subsequently asked to develop their own participation group in order to empower them to develop their own more pro-active approach to participation and awareness raising and to be involved directly and meaningfully in discussions and decisions that affect them. As well as monthly group meetings, young carers will accompany the participation worker to meetings with relevant groups/professionals such as health, GP’s. With the support of BBC Children in Need, Worcestershire Young Carers can employ a skilled Participation worker, one day a week, and they are already planning their first major event – a conference.
Quote from Mary Lewis, Team manager of Worcestershire young Carers said; “We could not reach out to the young people in Worcestershire without the support of BBC Children in Need. This grant will go on to change the lives of so many young carers and give them the support they need to let their voices be heard so that they can inform and shape services to meet their needs.”
Watch ” A day in the life of a Young Carer”: this film was made by Worcestershire Young Carers with www.fixers.org.uk, and was featured on a news item on ITV Central.