Ahead of Carers’ Rights Day this coming Friday, Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Care Minister, was in Amber Valley yesterday, Monday, to listen to the experiences of two of the county’s young carers.
Liz was invited along by Labour’s PPC for Amber Valley and Cabinet Member for Children's Services at Derbyshire County Council, Kevin Gillott, to hear from the young carers and representatives from Action for Children who, working with Derbyshire County Council, provide support for young carers across the county.
The young carers, who were from Heage and Ripley, gave Liz and Kevin an insight into the life of a young carer and the impact it has on their everyday life, including issues around schooling and career choices. The young carers also shared their concerns over budget cuts and the loss of support for young carers across the country.
Following the meeting Liz said: “I was delighted to come to Heanor today to hear from two of the county’s young carers. In Amber Valley there are at least 160 young people who have to care for a member of their family and unless you have direct experience yourself, it’s hard to understand the daily challenges that these young people face.
“I met with two incredibly brave, intelligent young women today who do an amazing job in supporting their families, but who are also working extremely hard at school to build a future for themselves and have a career when they are older.”
Kevin Gillott said: “I was really pleased that Liz was able to come to Heanor today to hear from our young carers and meet with some of the staff from Action for Children who are supporting them on a day to day basis.
“Every young carer has a different story to tell and I am determined to ensure that their voices are heard and working with Action for Children, I'll work to champion the cause of young carers and challenge the unfairness of Tory cuts.”