Council to promote awareness on Young Carers Day

28/01/2019, PR8974

Young Carers Awareness Day
Young Carers Awareness Day

​According to the Carers Trust, the average young carer misses or cuts short 48 schools days because of their caring role. And 39% of young carers they spoke to said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.

Wakefield Council is determined to support young carers and is holding a Youth Conference on Young Carers Awareness Day (31 January) as part of its campaign to promote ways to access support and raise awareness of Young Carers, their responsibilities and the impact of the on their day to day lives and emotional wellbeing.

The conference will include the views of young carers, who have been selected from groups run by the Council's youth work team and the event will be attended by youth workers, Councillors, Council officers and health professionals. It will offer the opportunity to hear first-hand from young carers and will involve discussion and activities centred on how to raise awareness, and what work can be done to support their circumstances and further pathways to support.

The theme of the national campaign this year is mental health, a focus both nationally and within the local district. Wakefield's recent success in securing additional funding from WY&H Health Care Partnership, will allow the Future in Mind programme to broaden its service – as it works across the district to deliver mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people, with dedicated resources to support young carers.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

​Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "Young Carers Awareness Day is a great way to inform young carers of the support which is available to them and also to get the message across that they are not alone.

"The public awareness of young carers is such an important issue and we really want everyone to get behind #YoungCarersAwarenessDay and the #CareForMeToo campaign and encourage those in a position to make a difference to ensure that our young carers maintain a good education and wellbeing."

Learn more about recognising the signs of a child being a young carer and the support on offer to help alleviate pressures on their mental health, including education and leisure opportunities at www.wfyouth.co.uk/recognising-a-young-carer-accessing-support/

The Youth Conference, which takes place at The Hut, Airedale, will be streamed live on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WFYouthOfficial/ from 4.30pm on 31 January.

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