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Stories and poems needed to celebrate Young Carers Awareness Day

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North Lincolnshire Council young carers support service wants to hear personal stories or poems of young carers – to help celebrate Young Carers Awareness Day taking place this Friday, June 13.

There has been a year on year increase in the number of children and young people supported over the last three years, with the service currently supporting 47 children and young people.

For the first time during National Carers Week – at the event on Friday – the council will focus on raising awareness of young carers and the importance of supporting young people with caring responsibilities.

If you are a carer aged five to 18 years old, send in a short story or poem (up to 150 words) to show what it is like to be a young carer.

“We hear a lot about adult carers and the fantastic work they do, but very rarely about young carers,” said Coun Rob Waltham, cabinet member for People at North Lincolnshire Council.

“The event on Friday aims to recognise the achievements of our young carers who for one reason or another are in a situation where they are looking after siblings or older members of their family due to illness or loss. They too carry out an important role in helping others.

“We want to hear from these people through their eyes and welcome short stories or poems that tell their story.”

Entries will be used to help other people understand more about young carers.

Send your entries to: youngcarers@northlincs.gov.uk with your full name and age.

The event on Friday takes place at Blossom Lodge, behind Bottesford Library in Scunthorpe’s Cambridge Avenue, between 1pm and 4.30pm.

For more details contact the young carers support service on 01724 407988.

 

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