Recently Powys Health Board donated money for Credu young carers to have a wicked day out! They asked for the opinions of young carers, on what they need to live a good life and what they think health and care services should look like in the future. In exchange for this important information the young carers were treated to an amazing day at the Jump Infinity Trampoline Park in Cardiff.
They astounded us all with their Tigger like dexterity! There were flips, somersaults, dives and rolls everywhere, horizontal wall climbing, half pipe tricks and basketball. The gladiator style battles were defiantly a favourite.
Yesterday saw a fantastic turnout for an event that aimed to network services and help shape the role of a Carers Champion.
Carers Champions are the go to person within an organisation that all carer related queries can go through. They are an advocate, contact and voice for any carer that wishes to be heard. Credu asks for a champion to be present within every school we work with, they can be a great asset to young carers as a central port of call for any issues surrounding their caring role. For example if a young carer has been unable to attend school or is tired or not completed homework then the champion is there to support them, advocate to teachers and ring us.
We are as always incredibly proud of Aidan (a young carer since he was 5) who chaired the meeting, kept conversations running smoothly and offered some valuable insight to the attendees, who may not have known much about a carers role and how it affects daily life and mental health. All attendees were very impressed by his courage to speak to a large audience in such a mature and insightful way.
One idea co-produced with Aidan was to create a recognised qualification for Carers Champions. This met with a resounding agreement and was heartily welcomed and accepted as the correct path by the plenary panel consisting of members from Social Services, Powys Health board and Education. They are now taking the idea to the Carers Thematic Board. Also, Dylan Owen (Head of Transformation in Social Services for Powys County Council) has offered to take the idea forward as well . They have told us that they will be arranging a meeting with Aidan, myself and Neath Port Talbot college to discuss how we can achieve a recognised qualification for Carers Champions.
An important aspect of the work we do within Credu is making carers voices heard. Our next step is to now make the qualification a reality, for carers WITH carers.
Young carers school committee at Presteigne Primary is now meeting every term to discuss how they feel about being a carer in school and how their role affects school life. There have been some really insightful suggestions so far and their head teacher has been incredibly supportive of the group.
Other schools in East Radnorshire are now asking for their own school committee of young carers, they want to hear their voices and value what they have to say.