Young Carers Shine at Twilight Briefing Event

Tell us your ideas on how to health money can best be spent to directly benefit young carers, was the message from Dr Helen Miller, Chair of the county’s Clinical Commissioning Group, when she spoke at Gloucestershire Young Carers 2nd Annual Twilight Event.

Dr Miller directed her keynote speech to the 16 young carers participating in the event held at the Randall & Payne offices in Shurdington and also praised charity staff for their ‘innovative’ approach to working with young carers.

She urged the young people to use the relationship being built up between the charity and the CCG to make sure their ideas were heard.

Speaking to the charity she said: “You have shown, through this event and the awards you have won, that you can be innovative. As a CCG we would like to continually involve people in informing decisions about how best to spend the money available. Our passion is about people-centred care and about looking innovatively at how we spend our budget.”

She went on to urge the young carers to come up with ideas on how funding could be best used to support them in their important caring role and said: “We would like to hear particularly from the young carers themselves. If they have any ideas on how to spend health money then they can come to us.

She went on to say that she was impressed not only with the awards Gloucestershire Young Carers has won including the GSK Impact Award but also with the relationships the charity has established with the Department for Education, Department of Health and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Miller was guest speaker at the event comprising around 60 professionals from health, social care and education with the potential for coming into contact with young carers during their day to day work. Each delegate participated in a workshop where they discussed young carers’ issues with the young people themselves. They also left with information relating to resources available to help them support young carers and their families.

One delegate admitted that the event had given her a new perspective on how she works with her patients and said: “I haven’t been thinking about the young person in that family but I will now.”

Among those presenting their stories was 19 year old Jordan from the Forest of Dean who eloquently told how Gloucestershire Young Carers has supported him and his family for the past 10 years since his mother, and latterly his sister, were diagnosed with mental ill health.

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