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Meg becomes Patron of Sheffield Young Carers

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sheffield Heeley MP, Meg Munn, has been announced as patron of Sheffield Young Carers this week. The MP has supported the charity over a number of years and recently arranged for Sheffield young carers to meet the Children’s Minister.

Sheffield Young Carers Project offers support, understanding and respite for young carers, some of whom are as young as eight years old. The charity provides group activities and learning experiences, one to one support and residential breaks. Simply socialising with others in the same situation provides a lifeline to this group of young people often isolated, marginalised and misunderstood by peers and others in their lives.

Meg said:

“I am honoured to be asked to become patron of Sheffield Young Carers. This is a fantastic charity, which does a great job of supporting and working alongside young carers across the City. There are at least 2,000 young carers under the age of 16 caring in Sheffield and the difficulties they face are often hidden. We must do all we can to listen and understand the issues that are affecting their lives and work together to support them.”

Liz Church, Manager of Sheffield Young Carers said:

“Meg has already done so much to support us and I am delighted that she has agreed to become our patron. Caring involves grappling with responsibilities normally associated with adulthood such as managing the family budget, doing the shopping, washing and dressing a loved one, giving medication or being there emotionally for someone who may have no other sources of support.  The impact on young carers can be considerable, socially, emotionally, physically and especially on their education. We look forward to continuing our work with Meg to support young carers in Sheffield.”

Gaby Wattam, Young Carer and member of Sheffield Young Carers and VOYCE said: 

“The Young Carers project has given me confidence and I now feel able to join the VOYCE group, which are a young people’s group speaking out on behalf of young carers. The Young Carers project gave me support at school when I didn’t have any support and I was struggling. I think it is great that Meg Munn is the patron and I think she can do a lot for young carers in Sheffield.”

For information about Sheffield Young Carers visit:  www.sheffieldyoungcarers.org.uk

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Meg with members of the Sheffield Young Carers team

Meg with members of the Sheffield Young Carers team

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