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Harlow’s young carers work marked by civic reception

Charity / Sat 16th Mar 2024 at 12:21pm

TO mark Young Carers Action Day 2024 Action For Family Carers, a charity based in Wych Elm in Harlow and working across Essex, hosted a reception at the Civic Centre in Harlow.

They were delighted to have the Chair of Harlow Council Cllr Andrew Johnson and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jackie Sully speak alongside Young Carers Service manager Chris Vince, the charity’s CEO James Clarke and some of the Young Carers themselves whose testimonies were truly moving. We were also joined by the Deputy Mayor of Chelmsford Cllr Jude Deakin as well as local councillors and representatives from schools.

One of the Young Carers said: “being a young carer has in impact on every part of your life, from school to your social life. However, I am very proud to care for my brother.’’

Young Carers Action Day is an annual event set up by the Carers Trust of which Action for Family Carers is a network partner, to raise awareness of Young Carers across the country. It is estimated there are over 10,000 Young Carers in Essex including about 1,000 in Harlow alone.

This year’s Action Day was titled ‘Fairer Futures for Young Carers’ and recognises the impact being an unpaid Young Carer can have on Young Carers opportunities in education and the world of work. The reception saw the launch of Action for Family Carers’ Young Carer Council and an introduction to Carers Trust’s new Young Carer Covenant.

To find out more about Action for Family Carers see their website https://affc.org.uk/ or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/actionforfamilycarers. For the Young Carers Covenant see https://carers.org/campaigning-for-change/the-young-carers-covenant

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