On Monday 4th of July, a group of six young carers aged 14-18, from Lewisham and Sutton Carers Centres, attended a roundtable meeting with Alistair Burt, the Minister of State for Communities and Social Care and Lead Minister for Carers across Government. The meeting took place at his office at the Department of Health, in Whitehall.
Alistair Burt is responsible for the Government’s new Carers Strategy which includes their plan to improve support for carers. During the meeting, the Minister heard directly from young carers and young adult carers about the issues and concerns that matter to them as individuals. It was a great opportunity for these young carers from different backgrounds to share their own stories and experiences of caring as well as to tell government what would help them.
The open discussion was a pleasant informal chat around four main themes:
- Education experiences.
- Access to social care, health and wellbeing support services.
- Their hopes for future and to find out what would they want to do beyond their caring role.
This meeting clearly shows the Government’s strong intention to promote carers involvement and participation by hearing the voices of young carers, which we hope will inform, shape and influence their plans going forward.