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Young Carers in Sheffield

Thursday, May 5, 2011

There are a number of inspiring young people who care for someone at home in Sheffield and Meg Munn MP arranged to meet some of them recently. It was an opportunity to learn from the young people what is important to them, what their concerns are and where they feel there could be significant improvements for young carers.


Meg and the group discussed key issues surrounding support at schools, the attitude of doctors and health professionals, money worries and their emotional health and wellbeing. The young people also spoke about the VOYCE (View of Young Carers Explained) event that took place at the end of March where representatives from the council, NHS and other professional organisations met to better understand the needs of the young carers of Sheffield.


She met them at an event organised by Sheffield Young Carers, an independent charity that has existed since 1997 who support young carers across the city.


Meg said:


“The young people that I met outlined their ideas and feelings excellently. Around 1 in 12 children and young people take on mid to high level care for a sick or disabled member of their family. The city council estimate that there are at least 2000 people under the age of 16 years caring in the city. 


For some time I have been highlighting the concerns of young carers about the Education Bill. Having spoken to young people today I feel even stronger that the government doesn’t understand the needs of these young people. I will contact the Education Minister and invite him to come and meet the young cares of Sheffield.”


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Meg and some of the young carers

Meg and some of the young carers

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