Friday 24th November was 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 were involved in lots of exciting events to mark the day:
Tuesday 21st Nov, 5:30 –7pm: Young Carer Awareness training for School Governors.
Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd Nov: ‘Who Cares’ national tour – play and workshop at Handsworth Grange Community College and Sheffield Park Academy:
“Thank you soooooooo much for enabling us to watch the performance today! It was amazing! The students were "buzzing" when we returned to lessons and wanted to talk about what they had seen and how it made them feel.”
Wednesday 23rd Nov: Interview on BBC Radio Sheffield
Friday 24th Nov: Event for pre-entry and current university student carers. Thanks to Virgin Money Lounge for kindly hosting this event and to The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Carers Centre who co-delivered this event.
Friday 24th Nov, 4:30-6pm: The highlight of the week - an invaluable meeting with two of Sheffield’s MPs on Carers Rights Day itself. Click here to find out more.
As well as the events we were involved in, schools and other agencies all over the city held activities to help raise the profile of young carers, including bake sales, assemblies and presentations, slides on electronic screens and a stall staffed by young carers at one school's Progress Day.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who arranged events this year and especially to the young carers who attended and spoke out on behalf of others. This led to an amazing 15 young carers being identified in just two of the schools we spoke to, which is incredible. Go Sheffield, go!!!