WORCESTER’S MP Robin Walker has called on city businesses to help young carers into work to mark Young Carers Action Day.
His call for action followed a meeting with a group of young carers organised by the organisation Worcestershire Young Carers (WYC).
During the meeting, Mr Walker heard about the challenges young carers face and learned about the many skills young carers can offer employers.
The meeting took place as YSS Worcestershire Young Carers joined other young carers organisations across the UK to raise awareness during Young Carers Action Day 2021.
The event, organised by Carers Trust, has been running for six years and is dedicated to highlighting the impact being a carer can have on young people.
This year, the event feels particularly important due to the significant impact the pandemic had had on those already made vulnerable by being a carer.
“When I met with young carers in my constituency I was overwhelmingly impressed by their commitment and will do all I can to help,” Mr Walker said.
“I call on all businesses in my constituency to consider the skills a young carer have to offer. Sacrificing their own time to look after a loved takes a great deal of maturity and in the process young people inevitably learn many of the transferable skills that employers are often looking for during the recruitment process.
“Worcester Sixth Form College assists young carers with their responsibilities with a Designated Young Carers Lead.
“Worcestershire Young Carers are campaigning to get that support for every school. I will be liaising with colleagues in government to see how we can support this.
Jon Cawdron, team manager WYC, said: “This day, is the most important in our calendar in terms of placing a spotlight on what it is to be a young carer and the impact it can have.
“We are thrilled to be using it to not only raise awareness of the ways that young people in a care role can be marginalised and have fewer life chances but also to highlight the skills that many of them have developed and the maturity they demonstrate in undertaking their roles.
“They are heroes and this day gives them a chance to show off their superpowers.”
Funded by BBC Children in Need, The Worcestershire Young Carers Participation Group meets regularly to highlight the needs of young carers and helps get their voices heard by organisations and services that affect them.