Young carers meet the ministers

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Young carers meet the ministers

Isle of Wight YMCA young carers Katie Rigley and Chole Nixon at last night's celebration.

TWO young carers from the Isle of Wight were among the guests at a national celebration last night (Tuesday), marking major changes in the law following a long campaign.

The YMCA has been part of efforts to lobby the government to ensure the needs of young carers were considered in latest legislation.

Last night (Tuesday), those involved with the campaign met with children and families minister Edward Timpson and care and support minister Norman Lamb in Westminster to discuss how changes to the children and families bill and care bill can be implemented when they come into force this year.

YMCA Young Carers champions and Sandown Bay Academy students, Katie Rigley, 15, and Chloe Nixon, 16, were among those to attend.

Volunteer Hayley Blundell and YMCA Isle of Wight Young Carers co-ordinator Steve Baker joined the youngsters.

Mr Baker said: "They were absolute ambassadors for the young carers campaign."

He said young carers faced many challenges in addition to providing care for a loved one.

"It can be things like being late for school, or having to keep your mobile phone on. Sometimes they find it hard to interact with their peers, although they will get on well with adults. They almost take on a parenting role," said Mr Baker.


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by Annie Smith

27th February 2014, at 21:32:35

The LA have an obligation to support these kids ensuring they don't undertake inappropriate levels of caring. It's great that they are getting their voices heard at national level and well done to them! I hope support continues and those in contact with such kids stop giving them such a rough deal because they go the extra miles to support their loved ones. Ryan-Sammon you're obviously passionate about an ideal world it would be brilliant if the LA afforded care staff for all these families but I cant see that happening in my life time...there is nothing stopping us as a community to help support these kids so we should find ways to do so

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by Keven Ball

26th February 2014, at 18:51:24

I agree a difficult debate. Again, pros and cons when I was a teenager my girlfriend (at the time) was a carer for her mother. It was very tough for her but she wanted to do it, as it was her mother. I did understand but I cold she was struggling and the support back then was shocking. I feel social services need to support these young people and make sure they are coping with it all.

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by C Ryan-Sammon

26th February 2014, at 18:00:30

I am totally opposed to young people having to be carers to members of their family, as I believe the person needing the care should be able to use a Self Employed Care Worker, allowing the children and young people to live their lives, if at age 18yrs they then want to become Self Employed Careworkers for family members too, that should be allowed.
Allowing children and young people to be Cares is just a way of Councils saving money and not supplying the Care Funding required.
I think its nothing short of Slavery.

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by Keven Ball

26th February 2014, at 15:26:36

Young carers need support as this is such a hard role to have at such young ages. I hope the meeting went well and some useful debating & discussions took place?

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