Carers’ Week ran from 9-15 June and Friday 13 June was officially dubbed Young Carers’ Day. So what better way to raise awareness than to ask YCs to talk about their experiences themselves? It takes courage to talk to teachers and even pupils about something that is so personal.
We trained young carers to do this and to talk about how the support they have received has helped them. As a result four schools have made a commitment to act to identify and help young carers. This is an excellent start and we hope more schools will pledge their support once the exam season comes to an end. Read more about Carers’ Week.
A career in the City and other high-flying profession is not off limits just because you are a carer. This was the inspirational message given to four of our young carers during a recent day out at a leading global investment bank.
The teenagers were invited to learn about what support Goldman Sachs and other businesses can offer to employees who juggle their careers with caring roles.
YC Council chair Grace Huxtable, from Hemel, vice chair Kasey Penstone-Smith, from Hatfield, Watford YC Council member Shannon Woolford and Hertford YC volunteer Samaya Woolner travelled to the City with Carers in Hertfordshire’s Young Carers Involvement and Support Worker Marie Freeman.
After hearing from adult carers about how they balance work with their caring roles, the teenagers were given a tour of Goldman Sachs, including the trading floor. They were then offered advice on how they can use their caring experience to enhance their CV.
The YCs said the day, which was organised by Goldman Sachs in partnership with Carers Trust, had made them think more positively about their future, with one commenting: “It showed me how to utilize my caring skills in the working world to present my knowledge of and background in caring in a positive light.”
On behalf of YCs we would like to thank Goldman Sachs for such an inspirational day.
Photo shows, from left: Young carers Shannon Woolford, Kasey Penstone-Smith, YC volunteer Samaya Woolner, Carers in Hertfordshire’s Marie Freeman and Grace Huxtable outside Goldman Sachs
Last but not least … A Japanese film crew interviewed two of our young carers for a documentary to raise awareness about young people taking on caring roles in Japan. Here they are filming outside our Hertford office with Carole Whittle. The fabulous work of our Young Carers’ Council has now spread far and wide!