Teenager Kailan Spall has won Broxbourne Council’s Dame Marion Roe Young Citizens Award, which recognises an outstanding young person in the borough of Broxbourne.
Sixteen-year-old Kailan helps care for his mum and brother and is a member of our Young Carers Council. He said: “I feel honoured to have won this award and I am excited for my future and that of Carers in Hertfordshire and Broxbourne. I love being involved with the Young Carers Council at Carers in Hertfordshire and the important work we do in bring a voice to children in a caring role.”
He was presented with a trophy at a reception on Thursday 1st December. Carole Whittle, our Health and Wellbeing Manager attended the awards with Kailan and said: “Congratulations to Kailan on this well-deserved award. It recognises his enthusiasm, skills and time helping others, including his support with us raising awareness about the issues affecting young carers and enabling young carers to speak out about their views and experiences.”
Carole, who oversees the charity’s Young Carer Service, explained that Kailan was nominated for the award because of the amazing job he is doing juggling so many commitments – college, his caring role, being a member of Broxbourne Youth Council and his work with Carers in Hertfordshire.
Kailan has been on the Young Carers Council for five years and has been the Chair since May 2016. As part of the Young Carers Council Kailan 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;
- Promoted the Young Carers Council and services available for young carers through activities such as talks in school; and
- Organised and supported fundraising events.
Finally, Carole said: “If you are under 19 and look after someone, doing things that an adult would usually do such as cooking or grocery shopping, we can help you find out about the support available and meet up with other young carers like Kailan.”
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