Ten young carers recently took part in the first Young Carers Champions training session at Warndon Community Centre, Worcester. 

The afternoon engaged the young people in a range of confidence-building activities and games, aimed at developing public speaking skills. 

The course was delivered by Lacey Moody, drama teacher and YSS sessional worker. Following the training, all participants reported an improvement in their confidence, and four young people put their names forward to become Young Carers Champions; this means they will use their new skills to promote the impact of being a young carer in their schools.

The courses are funded by #iwill2018, a UK-wide campaign aiming to get six out of ten young people involved in social action by 2020. The project enables up to 60, 10-18 year-old young carers a place on one of four performing arts workshops held throughout the year, focusing on improving communication, public speaking and presentation skills, and ultimately supporting young people to develop the skills that employers look for. The project also aims to encourage a significant number of young people to become Young Carer Ambassadors following involvement in one of the workshops. This role will see them co-deliver assemblies at their schools alongside the Worcestershire Young Carers Education Link Worker, and will provide the opportunity to share their stories with other young people whilst practicing the skills they have learned in public speaking, presentation and communication. The assemblies aim to educate schools on what it means to be a young carer and help to identify new young carers who are not currently receiving support from the service.