Call for young people who care in North Warwickshire
Published Friday 17th August 2012
Young people from North Warwickshire who help care for a loved one are being asked to come forward for new group in the Atherstone area.
The Warwickshire Young Carers' Project, which is supported by the county council, helps more than 800 children and young people aged from 8-18. As part of its range of support the project runs regular groups so young people can make new friends, learn new skills and above all have fun.
A young carer is someone who might help with cooking or shopping, helping to look after younger brothers and sisters, or keeping someone company because the person they care for might have an illness, disability or drug or alcohol problem.
Up until now, carers from North Warwickshire have been attending sessions in Nuneaton but the Young Carers' Project would like to set up a dedicated group in the Atherstone area if enough youngsters come forward. Young people or their parents can get in touch with the project to register an interest by calling 01926 485 486 or emailing email@example.com
The project supports children like eleven-year-old Matthew who cares for his diabetic father by helping with medication and ensuring he is stable enough to go to work. Matthew enjoys going to the Young Carers group in Nuneaton every fortnight and advises any other young carer to go to a group to have fun, as well as continuing their caring role. Matthew says: "I feel happy and I've made new friends."
Anthony Bishop, Manager of the Young Carers' Project, says: "We know young carers are out there in North Warwickshire but they may not recognise themselves as such which is why we'd like them to get in touch to see if we can form a local group."
He added: "As well as providing regular group activities, days out and workshops, our project is also there to listen to young carers and provide support when young people need it. Above all, we want young carers to achieve their goals, have their own life and succeed in the things they may be struggling with."
For more information on Warwickshire Young Carers' Project visit http://www.warwickshireyoungcarers.org.uk/ or telephone 01926 485 486.
For information on carers in Warwickshire visit http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/carers
News article courtesy of Warwickshire County Council.
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