Worcestershire Young Carers has arranged with local Tesco and Co-op supermarkets to give young carers priority shopping times, alongside keyworkers and care staff.

The supermarkets have agreed to allow young carers to have access to set times allocated for 'vulnerable people', during which they can shop for essential items for their families. Young carers registered with YSS will be provided with a letter, confirming their young carer status, which they will show to supermarket staff. Worcestershire Young Carers is in talks with other supermarket chains in the hope of extending the service to as many shops as possible in the county.

Jon Cawdron, Worcestershire Young Carers team manager, said, "This is a challenging time for us all, but young carers are an 'invisible' caring group, and the extra pressure they're facing to keep fit and well while looking after a loved one is for many, causing a lot of anxiety. Enabling them to shop without the added worry of queuing, or potentially exposing themselves to the virus, will be a huge relief."

One parent of a young carer, said, "I want to thank you for this.  I haven’t been out since 17th March. Sammy* will benefit from this when she goes with her brothers to help me"

Worcestershire Young Carers is continuing to take referrals and provide support to young carers aged 7 to 17, and young adult carers aged 18 to 25, through regular Facebook drop ins, group chats and email and phone support.