Young Carers Action Group: Onwards and upwards!

We are over the moon to announce that BBC Children in Need has awarded Sheffield Young Carers £29,014 over three years to continue the work of our amazing Action Group.

Our Action Group was set up in 2015 to support young carers to build their skills, to help design and run our service, and to influence local, regional and national services and policies affecting young carers.

Over the past year the Action Group has been very active. Their achievements include:

  • Writing and giving a presentation to local MP Paul Blomfield, highlighting key issues for young carers and making recommendations for him to take forward
  • Being part of a national validation panel for the Young Carers in Schools Award in Birmingham
  • Helping design a new Carers Card with Disability Sheffield
  • Being interviewed by Sheffield Live and appearing on ITV's Calendar News
  • Planning and compering our Young Carers Showcase and AGM
  • Designing the programme, stewarding and being interviewed at the High Sheriff’s Charity Fundraising Concert
  • Running an activity for staff and trustees at our Strategic Away Day and contributing to our annual planning process
  • Working with the local universities to create a booklet to help young carers believe that university could be an option for them.

Each term, our two 8-12 year-old groups now elect Action Group reps as well, to ensure that younger voices are included in the work of the group. The Action Group also helped us write the successful Children in Need funding application, so it’s a big thank you to them for making sure the group keeps going!

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Children in Need for this funding and well done to all our Action Group members for your brilliant hard work. Thanks so much - we couldn’t run SYC without you!

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