Gloucestershire Young Carers’ annual Twilight Briefing will today once again offer young people the opportunity to challenge the perceptions held by professionals of children and teenagers in caring roles.
Perception vs Reality is the title of this year’s Twilight Briefing which will be held at Pavilion in Cheltenham with 100 delegates from health, education and social care expected to attend.
The conference is hosted by the charity, which has been supporting young carers for more than 26 years but is co-run with young carers themselves.
Chairpersons for the evening will be Gloucestershire Young Carers Operations Lead Ele Semadeni and young carer Tia Lumakangliu. Workshops will focus on such issues as children and parental substance misuse, how young carers are supported in education and what a young carers’ journey into further education and employment looks like in reality.
The conference runs from 4pm to 6pm.
More than 7000 young people in Gloucestershire are believed to be in caring roles for family members experiencing disability, mental ill health, physical illness or substance misuse issues. Gloucestershire Young Carers provides support, working with a raft of partner agencies and organisations. The charity itself reaches around 1000 young carers and many more through its network. Its aim is to reduce the impact of the caring role on the aspirations and achievements of the young people.