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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