Worcestershire Young Carers is planning a busy week in celebration of this year’s Carers Week, from 8th – 14th June.

A number of events are planned to mark the event, the theme for which this year is Making Caring Visible. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

Worcestershire Young Carers is posting messages of support, doing their own vlogs for social media, and will be hearing from some of the young carers themselves via video diaries. The team is also linking with schools in the county, to encourage them to get involved. On Thursday, Worcestershire Young Carers is hosting a family quiz night for young carers and their families, with prizes to be won, including for the brightest dressed team. In addition, the team will announce the theme of June’s competition for the young carers, in which three winners will receive Amazon vouchers.  

Jon Cawdron, Worcestershire Young Carers team manager, said, "We’re looking forward to this week, which is a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on our young carers and the incredible things they do for their families every day – particularly during these exceptional times. We’re also hoping to give them an opportunity to have some fun, with the competition and the quiz, and I’m excited to be announcing the winners of last month’s poetry competition, too!”

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 social media drop ins, and email and phone support.