Rochford young carers have had the opportunity to make a difference and meet peers from around the country at a special event celebrating their inspirational contribution.
Earlier this summer, Rochford Housing and local charity Supporting Carers and Families Together (SCAFT) teamed up to offer a group of local young carers the chance to attend national event the Young Carers Festival 2016.
Aimed at giving the young people a break from their responsibilities and supporting them to have their say on caring issues, the festival takes place annually at the YMCA outdoors centre at Fairthorne Manor, near Southampton, in partnership with The Children’s Society.
The group from Rochford, all aged 13-14 and who look after loved ones in the neighbourhood, were chosen by SCAFT to represent their district following a donation from Rochford Housing which paid for their places.
The young carers were able to consult with important policy shapers about issues that affect them, and record their experiences through video clips and blog writing. The young people also let loose through a range of exciting activities including canoeing, rock climbing and an outdoor party.
Emma Keegan, Rochford Housing’s managing director, said: “Young carers have an incredibly important role and it’s fantastic that we can support a group from Rochford to have that recognised.
“The event also gave them a valuable opportunity to make valuable new friendships with people in a similar position.”
Andy Trewern from SCAFT added: “Young carers are the unsung heroes of our society and this funding has supported them to have their contribution marked at a national event.”