My name is Steph and I represent Young Carers in Kirklees.
As you might know I believe that a young carer’s voice needs to be heard. Not many people are aware of what a young carer is and what it entails, making it harder for people to relate to us. I believe that as part of the youth council I will be able to help change people’s attitudes and raise awareness.
These are the areas that I am going to be working on at first:
- Raising awareness for the YOUNG CARERS CARD
- Making links with adults in Schools and Colleges in order to get an estimation of how many young carers there are
- Building up a picture of how many Young Carers we have in our area
for more information on the Kirklees Young Carers Card please click on the link below:
Met with Jon from Kirklees Young Carers, he has agreed to give regular updates from young carer activities. He has agreed to help us organise a Young Carers summit. Jon has also agreed to promote the young carers card within Kirklees Young Carers. Thanks Jon for helping!!
We had our meeting with Paul as you can see by the lovely photo!!
Paul told us how passionate he is for the project and has given us ideas of contacts and how to secure some funding. The only condition is to keep him updated!!!
It was great to meet him and he is a right laugh it gave Khizar a good idea of how things are going to unfold and see how we are supported at all levels of the project which makes all the difference!!!!
Our next step is to work out how things are going to play out in the future, keep tabs on the pack distribution and prepare Khizar for the role takeover at the beginning of September. So we weren’t kidding when we said we have been busy. Talk to you soon!!
Meeting with Paul Johnson Assistant Director – Family Support & Child Protection today.
We will update you on our meeting, in the meantime please have a look at the presentation we gave at a recent young people’s celebration event.
Heya everyone been a while but we have been busy.
We had our meeting with Joanne Simpson regarding the distribution of the resource pack. We have developed an action plan. We have decided that we will give the resource pack to the DSP in the schools. Simply put we have identified one person in each school to help maintain the system.
To maintain equality among schools we have decided that we will make some of the resources available online and also give the schools various paper resources E.G posters and leaflets. Training officers will emphasise that year 6 students can apply for a card prior to moving to Secondary Schools.
We have put together a sheet of contacts and hints and tips for teachers to prepare the young carers. We have made a few alterations to the posters (making them a little more up-to-date).
So the next step is to meet with Paul Johnson and try work out the logistics of it all and even better see if we can get any wonga!!!
Met with York Young Carers yesterday and it’s been very productive. We have witnessed their young carers card scheme and we have taken a few pointers on board. We found out that there were similarites between both the York young carers and Kirklees young carers and this helped with looking at the realistic approach to things. We have had a few ideas and we have noticed that what we have proposed is similar to what they have implemented in York so we got an idea of how to set up and maintain the projects in the future. So now we have managed to secure the dvd’s so we can use them to present to schools and raise the young carer profile. Yay!!
We are on a roll!!!
We met with the safeguarding officer at Kirklees college and they are happy to help.
We have also managed to get in touch with York Young Carers and we are going to be meeting up soon and top it all off we have manged to secure a slot on a local college application form for young carers. We have also met with Kirklees safeguarding Officer - Schools and Learning who has agreed to support us. So in the next couple of weeks our priority is to put together a presentation and resource pack to present to schools and colleges.
Guess there is no rest for the wicked!
We have been busy!
- We have contacted York Young Carers and arranged a meeting with them to discuss the young carers card and how they have maintained the service
- Plannned further contact with schools
- Continued to promote the young carers card
- We have also spoken to the youth work unit (UKYP) and we have shared infomation – there is lots going on regionally with Young Carers
- We have also got a meeting with the safeguarding officer of Kirklees college to discuss how they can help young carers
Busy day, mail out sorted and sent and meeting with young carers council arranged. Just a waiting game now waiting for the replies. Fingers crossed!!!
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