New initiative offers support for young carers
EXETER College's freshers' fair saw the launch of a new project in support of young carers.
Bright Futures has teamed up with Devon Carers to set up a Young Carers Council, made up of 14 to 25-year-olds who look after family members.
They may care for a parent or sibling who has mental health problems, a disabled family member or someone who is affected by drug or alcohol misuse.
The project aims to support young carers in finding a career and meeting people in similar situations.
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Bright Futures will provide one-to-one advice, support and training.
In addition it will also organise a wide range of social activities.
Bright Futures' transitions worker for Exeter, East Devon and Teignbridge, Hannah Abrehart, said support was on hand for young carers, who often had to sacrifice things seen as normal by other youngsters. She said: "Caring for a family member is rewarding but young carers can miss out on things that other young people take for granted.
"Bright Futures is offering support and the chance to meet other young people.
"We want to give young carers in Devon a voice so that they have a say in how services are run."
The Young Carers Council will fundraise for special projects, run activities and plan social events.
For more information about the initiative contact Hannah Abrehart on 08457 434435.
Alternatively email her at email@example.com.