Young Carers Voice (YCV) was set up to enable young carers to be seen, heard and recognised. YCV is a group of young carers who meet monthly and act as representatives for young carers. They have worked hard to bring about change and make sure that Local Authorities include the needs of young carers and their families in service and policy development.
Members of YCV have also taken part in training professionals and meeting with MPs, local councillors and senior health and social care managers.
Hearing directly from young carers is very powerful. It’s much harder for people to ignore what young carers do when they hear it from young carers themselves.
What young carers are asking for
They want professionals to:
- be approachable, understanding and trustworthy
- have a knowledge of young carers’ issues
- have more time for them on a 1 to 1 basis
They want the following from children’s services:
- someone to talk to
- an opportunity to meet other young carers
- services to be free
- support with transport of reduced or free bus travel
- different kinds of activities
- activities at different times for different age groups
- a break from caring, especially in school holidays
They want schools to have:
- designated staff supporting young carers
- teachers who are non-judgemental and have an understanding of young carers’ issues
What young carers say about YCV
“Just being all together and talking to each other means we support each other and do not feel alone. We’re all young carers, so we don’t have to explain ourselves or our situation to anyone.”
“We make a difference!”
“Guests sometimes visit us, if they are brave enough! We have spoken to lots of different people from Bristol City Council and from other organisations about what could be improved for young carers and their families.”
YCV produces their own newsletter, which is written and designed by young carers.
See the YCV newsletter here:
Voice Spring 2013