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Young carers get a chance to be heard at Norfolk Young Carers Big Day Out

PUBLISHED: 18:29 08 June 2012

Members of the Norfolk Young Carers Forum enjoying a sing song at their Big Day Out and Conference at the Norfolk Showground. With them are action crew member, Kimberley Moore, with the guitar, and Stewart Betts, front right, Children's Services lead for young carers. Picture: Denise Bradley

Members of the Norfolk Young Carers Forum enjoying a sing song at their Big Day Out and Conference at the Norfolk Showground. With them are action crew member, Kimberley Moore, with the guitar, and Stewart Betts, front right, Children's Services lead for young carers. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Young carers, who devote much of their time to looking after loved ones, have enjoyed a well-deserved day out at the Norfolk Showground, near Norwich.

More than 240 young people attended yesterday’s Norfolk Young Carers Big Day Out, organised by Norfolk Young Carers Forum.

The forum is a group of young people working to represent young carers and improve their support. The programme included a question time, when carers raised issues and asked questions to a panel including Norwich MPs Chloe Smith and Simon Wright, as well as representatives from organisations such as Norfolk County Council and Crossroads Care East Anglia.

They were quizzed on what could be done to make a young carers’ champion in all schools a reality; what could be done about school attendance requirements, which are often not achievable for young carers; and what could be done to give young carers the medication training they need.

Ricky-Lee Buckland, 17, from Gorleston, looks after his mum Tracey and sister Sophie and said the event helped make young carers’ voices heard. He raised the school champions issue and said: “Not a lot of young carers say they are young carers at school. It would help if there was someone there who is a champion of young carers that they could speak to and who could support them and stop them feeling alone.”

Samuel Pearson, 16, from Sheringham, who looks after his mother Samantha, said: “I think it is very important to raise awareness about young carers. This organisation (Norfolk Young Carers Forum) has helped me and I want to see it help other young carers.”

When asked why he wanted to be involved in yesterday’s event, he said: “Just because it is a nice day out, a nice break from every day life and a time to get to know people and share new experiences.”

Young carers also took part in street dancing, film-making, circus skills and other activities.

Do you have a story about an inspiring individual? Email reporter Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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