12 young carers successfully completed a day's public speaking and presentation skills training last week.

The young carers, who are aged between 11 and 17, took part in the training as part of the Young Carer Ambassador Programme, funded by #iwill2018 and delivered by Worcestershire Young Carers, which offers up to 60, 10-18 year old young carers a place on performing arts workshops, focusing on improving communication, public speaking and presentation skills and developing employment skills.

The training was held at Warndon Community Centre, Worcester. Now they have successfully completed their training, a number of the qualified young people will work with schools, alongside Worcestershire Young Carers’ Education Link Worker, to help identify and support young carers in schools throughout the county. Their role will be to raise awareness, help give a voice to young carers and help teachers and staff to give the right support.

Jon Cawdron, Worcestershire Young Carers Senior Project Coordinator, said:

“We’re really proud of these young people, who’ve given their time over the summer to complete the training. Those that wish to proceed will make excellent Ambassadors over the coming year and will play a really important role, helping staff and children in schools to identify and become more aware of the needs of young carers.”

It is estimated that 1 in 20 young carers misses school because of their caring role, and 26% of young carers have been bullied at school because of the stigma associated with being a carer.

Worcestershire Young Carers supports over 550 young carers, providing monthly youth clubs, a participation group funded by Children in Need which highlights the needs of young carers and an Education Link Worker who works in partnership with schools and colleges throughout the county to ensure that young cares are safe, healthy, aspiring and achieving.