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Young Carers to Be Heard at York St John Event Tomorrow

York St John University

2:43pm 12th June 2014

Young carers, campaigners and politicians will come together at a unique event at York St John University tomorrow, as part of the first Young Carers Awareness Day

York Carers Centre, the Carers Trust and the Houses of Parliament’s Outreach Service are hosting a workshop (5pm to 7pm) that will discuss how young  adult carers (aged 14-25) can work with politicians to have their voice heard at Westminster. Carers from York, Harrogate, Hull, and Hambleton and Richmond will be joined by York Central MP Hugh Bayley.

This will be followed by the premiere of ‘Tiny Treasures’, a play created by York Carers Centre, Inspired Youth and Young Carers Revolution, for 9-13 year olds, that documents the experiences of young carers and highlight the issues they face. The play will tour across schools around the North of England.

Carers Week takes place each year to highlight the role of carers around the UK. This year marks the first Young Carers Awareness Day, which aims to highlight the challenges that young carers face.

The Carers Trust estimates that there are 290,369 carers in the UK aged 16-24. Young adult carers aged between 16 and 18 years are twice as likely to be not in education, employment, or training (NEET).

There are 15,780 young carers in England and Wales under 18 years old providing more than 50 hours care a week.

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