This means influencing policy at a national and UK level, and practice at a local level, to make sure that unpaid carers have access to good quality support wherever they live in the UK.
Young carers meet MPs at Westminster
As part of our Young Carers in School programme, generously supported by Simplyhealth and The Eranda Rothschild Foundation, Carers Trust held an event in Parliament sponsored by Lucy Allan MP. In March, 16 young carers from The Carers Trust Network met 26 MPs, sharing what would help them in their education and asking for pledges of support.
As a result, Carers Trust has secured a meeting with Ofsted to talk about how young carers are being recognised. Many MPs also pledged to visit their local carer service and meet with the young carers there.
Young carers in Scottish Youth Parliament
Young carers across Scotland have a strong voice in the Scottish Youth Parliament as 19-year-old young adult carer, Ilse Cuthbertson, joins the 2019 membership. As a new Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Carers Trust Scotland she will champion the opinions and needs of young carers in Scottish Youth Parliament campaigns, and act as representative for young carers among peers, decision makers and politicians.
Supporting carers in education and employment in Wales
As part of Carers Week 2019, Carers Trust Wales worked with Bangor University’s Widening Access Centre, and the Reaching Wider North and Mid Wales Partnership to deliver a one-day conference focused on supporting carers in education and employment.
Decision-makers, education professionals, businesses and carers joined together to look at effective approaches to identifying and supporting carers. Keynote speeches from academics, politicians and senior representatives from national carer organisations along with practical workshops focused on ways to support carers in further and higher education, secondary schools and employment.
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