Fife Young Carers marks national Carers Week

To mark national Carers Week 2018 I visited Fife Young Carers’ focus group afternoon tea and network event in Lochgelly yesterday (Thursday).
I had an interesting chat with young carers about issues important to them and it was clear that having access to a peer support group in which they could talk openly about their circumstances was incredibly important.
Fife Young Carers supports around 300 children and young people across the region, offering friendship, advice and raising awareness.
From one-to-one support and respite breaks for children aged eight-plus – to support tailored for young people at high school and those making the transition to higher education and employment.
Fife Young Carers has grown significantly in scope over the past 20 years, affording vital recognition to what was previously an ‘invisible army’ of young carers.
It’s telling that, during my chat yesterday, some young carers felt better supported than relatives in receipt of health and government-run services.
Across my constituency, one in eight people provide unpaid support or care to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental health problem or who needs help as they grow older.
Carers make a huge contribution to society – but their needs can be overshadowed by the health conditions of loved ones.
It’s no surprise that carers are more likely to have physical or mental health conditions and be more likely to neglect them than non-carers.
That’s why I pledged to take Carer Friendly Action at Westminster earlier this week.
For more information on Fife Young Carers visit https://www.fifeyoungcarers.co.uk
For more information on Carers Week https://www.carersweek.org