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Views sought on Aberdeenshire Council's support for young carers


By Kyle Ritchie

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Young carers up to the age of 18 across Aberdeenshire are being asked to give their feedback on the way the council and its partners plan to offer support.

It will particularly focus on young people who provide unpaid care for a family member who has a disability, illness, drug, alcohol or mental health problem.

A Draft Aberdeenshire Young Carer Strategy 2021 – 2023 is now available to view online alongside a short survey for young carers, adults who have experience of being a young carer, practitioners, volunteers and family members to complete.

The draft strategy has been developed through discussion with young carers to gather their views and reflect their opinions alongside those of colleagues in social work, education, health and the third sector.

Aberdeenshire Council has launched a survey focusing on support for young carers.
Aberdeenshire Council has launched a survey focusing on support for young carers.

Councillor Gillian Owen, chairwoman of Aberdeenshire Council’s education and children’s services committee said: “We would like to encourage as many people as possible to access the draft strategy and gain a better idea of how young carers can be supported.

“Gaining feedback on our draft strategy is also essential, so if you provide support for a family member or know or work with someone who does then please do take just a few minutes to give your views by completing the online survey.”

Aberdeenshire Council’s carer support team will answer any queries via email at carersupport@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or by calling 01467 536677. The survey will close on Sunday, October 18 at 11.45pm.

Committee vice chairwoman councillor Rosemary Bruce said: “It’s absolutely vital we help employers, education providers and the wider community to recognise young carers and signpost the help that is available for young people who are so often struggling to cope with their caring role alongside other responsibilities.

"Have a read: it’s an important ask of all of us, both in our professional roles and in our personal lives too.”

The Draft Aberdeenshire Young Carer Strategy 2021 – 2023 can be viewed online at https://tinyurl.com/yylujnax

The survey can be accessed online at http://bit.ly/YCarer20

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