Young carer wins award for helping other young carers

14/06/2016
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Young carer wins award webCongratulations to young carer Kasey who has won the Young Volunteer of the Year title in the awards organised by Pro-Action Hertfordshire, an organisation that works with and champions people and organisations in Hertfordshire that work with children and young people.

The 17-year-old who helps care for his Mum and Grandfather received a trophy and certificate at the awards in Hatfield on Thursday 9th June.

Kasey said: “I was surprised and ecstatic to have won the award. I enjoy being part of the Young Carers Council, planning events to help other young carers. It’s also a way of giving back to Carers in Hertfordshire, which has been a huge support to me and my family.”

Carole Whittle, our Health and Wellbeing said: “Congratulations to Kasey, it’s great that he has been recognised for his caring role and the voluntary work he does raising awareness about issues affecting young carers as well as supporting young carers.”

Carole, who oversees the Young Carer Service, explained that Kasey was nominated for the award because of his commitment to supporting other young carers, while also caring and attending college. He has been on the Young Carers Council for six years and until recently was Vice-Chair for nearly two years.

As part of the Young Carers Council Kasey has volunteered his time and skills and spoken out about young carers issues. In particular he has

Helped organise Carers in Hertfordshire’s annual Young Carers’ Conference, which brings young people together with health, education and social care professionals that provide services for them so they can talk about their experiences and views on the support is available;

  • Encouraged other Young Carers Council members to speak out;
  • Printed t-shirts for the young carers to wear at the conference and other events;
  • Spoken to groups of nursing and health students about the impact of being a young carer and how they can support other young carers.
  • Attended and supported fundraising events.
Finally, Carole said: “If you are looking after someone, doing things that an adult would usually do such as cooking or grocery shopping, find out about support available and meet other young carers like Kasey.”

You can find out more about our young carers service on ycih.org or call 01992 58 69 69 and ask to speak to a member of the team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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