Young Carers in North East Essex

14/06/2022, 18:08
Posted in: Young Carers, Young Adult Carers, General

 

The NHS in North East Essex and Colchester Catalyst are working together with Action for Family Carers to make a real step change in support for these local hidden heroes – children and young people who help to look after a family member due to illness or disability.

Local Young Carers joined Essex charity Action for Family Carers, representatives from NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and Colchester Catalyst at the Young Carers Club the charity run in Stanway on 8th June. The launch marks Carers Week 2022 and their new service for Young Carers in Colchester and Tendring.

The plan is to transform support local for Young Carers aged from 5 years upwards to make sure that they get the support they need to enjoy their childhood and to achieve their full potential in later life. New provision will include a Club in Clacton access to free counselling in schools and support for Young Carers through the transition to adult services.

Speaking about the launch, Action for Family Carers’ CEO, James Clarke said “We are delighted that we are able to develop a greatly improved offer for Young Carers in Colchester and Tendring over the next few years. Young Carers are amazing children and young people who often under-estimate what they do and sometimes miss out on opportunities to have fun like other children. They deserve all the support we can give them.”

Three older Colchester Young Carers received certificates and gifts recognising long term attendance at the club and mentoring the younger ones. Lisa-Marie, aged 18 said: “The Young Carers team at Action for Family Carers have always been there for us, they listen and are able to give us helpful advice”.

Pam Green, Chief Operating Officer, North East Essex CCG said “We were honoured to be invited to the Colchester Young Carers group to present awards to three young adult carers.  They are such an important part of our caring community and sacrifice so much to care for loved ones.  It was humbling to hear their stories and how grateful they were to be recognised.  I was thrilled to learn that two of those graduating from the club are leaving to study healthcare courses at university, to build on amazing skills they have gained from being such compassionate carers."

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If you are a local Young Carer or know of someone who is and would benefit from the support and services offered by Action for Family Carers, please contact them on 0300 770 80 90 or email yc@affc.org.uk.