Friday 24th November is Carers Rights Day, the national awareness-raising day organised by Carers UK to promote the rights of carers all over the UK.
This year we’re involved in lots of exciting events to mark the day. From a student carers event with Sheffield Carers Centre, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield, to two highly emotive performances of ‘Who Cares’, a national theatre tour ‘that shine[s] a light on the untold stories of young carers from Salford’, there’s something for everyone. We’ll also be delivering young carer awareness training to school governors in partnership with Learn Sheffield, and distributing fantastic free resources to schools all over Sheffield, including videos about young carers and assembly and lesson plans.
The highlight of the week, however, will be an invaluable meeting with five of Sheffield’s MPs on Carers Rights Day itself. Taking place in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour in the Town Hall, the meeting will allow some of our city’s incredible young carers to present their concerns and ideas directly to local MPs and urge them to make a real difference by championing young carers’ rights.
Here’s a list of all the events we’re delivering or supporting:
Tuesday 21st Nov: ‘Who Cares’ national tour – play and workshop at Handsworth Grange Community College
Tuesday 21st Nov, 5:30 –7pm: Young Carer Awareness training for School Governors – book your place here
Tuesday 21st Nov, 5 – 7pm: ‘Knowing Your Rights’ – drop-in session at Door 43, in partnership with Sheffield Young Carers and Sheffield Carers Centre. All young people aged 13-25 welcome!
Wednesday 22nd Nov: ‘Who Cares’ national tour – play and workshop at Sheffield Park Academy
Friday 24th Nov, 11am – 1pm: Event for university student carers including workshops on rights, finance, careers, digital literacy and self-care, plus free food, bowling, and a Spa 1877 voucher! Book your place here
Friday 24th Nov, 4:30-6pm: Young carers meeting with MPs of Sheffield. Exciting opportunity for young carers to present their concerns and ideas to our local MPs. Young people aged under 18 must be accompanied by an adult unless they are a member of SYC. Book your place here.
To find out more about any of these events, please telephone 0114 258 4595 or contact us online. And whatever you’re doing this Carers Rights Day, remember to ‘think young carer’!