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Carers Week 2016, 03/06/16 [W/E/NI/S]

From 6-12 June 2016, individuals and organisations will come together to raise awareness of the challenges of caring and recognise the contribution of those with caring responsibilities.

Carers Week is a campaign held annually across the UK to draw attention to the valuable work that carers do, and to highlight the issues they may face.  The week involves events organised by groups and individuals to show how important caring is.

This year the campaign will focus on building Carer Friendly Communities. This means communities which support carers to look after their family or friends, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

Children in Wales carries out work to support young carers. These are children or young people who take a significant role in caring for a family member. The family member could be suffering from a physical or mental health problem, a disability or drug and alcohol problems.

Children in Wales believes that work to support young carers is vital as their situations are often hidden and their needs go unmet.  Young carers may not recognise that their role within the family is different to other children and young people, but they often carry significant physical and psychological burdens.  Young carers often have little or no time for themselves, and no time for a normal childhood.

Our work in this area involves facilitating a young carers’ network, sitting  on Welsh Government working groups to represent young carers, supporting projects to work together to develop activities for young carers, and undertaking consultations relating to young carers.

Lynne Hill, Policy Director at Children in Wales, said:

“In carers week, we need to acknowledge the responsibilities that young carers carry, and strive to ensure that all young carers get the time they need to be children and young people, meeting friends and having fun.”

If you would like to get involved in Young Carers Week or would like to set up an event, please visit www.carersweek.org.

Contact:

To find out more about our work with young carers or to arrange an interview, please contact lynne.hill@childreninwales.org.uk or phone 029 2034 2434.

Notes:

  1. Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for people who work with children and young people in Wales.  Our core aim is to contribute towards making the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) a reality in Wales.
  2. Carers Week runs between 6 and 12 June 2016. You can find out more at http://www.carersweek.org.
  3. Details of Children in Wales’ Young Carers Network can be found at http://www.childreninwales.org.uk/our-work/young-carers/.