Lib Dems on Cornwall Council are marking Young Carers’ Action Day by raising awareness of young carers in Cornwall.
Over the last year, Lib Dems and their Independent colleagues on Cornwall Council have:
- Supported Action for Children to contact all registered carers at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to assess their needs and the impact of the lockdown upon them.
- Continued to deliver 1:1 support to young carers through the pandemic either online or by phone and in periods where government guidance has allowed it, face-to-face.
- Provided online activities for young carers across school holidays.
- Provided weekly virtual group meetings including art, craft, baking, group discussions, entertainers and resources for activities online delivered to their door.
- Provided additional funding to provide breaks for young carers and their families.
- Sourced additional funding to provide IT equipment for those unable to engage due to digital poverty.
- Provided a range of additional practical and financial support for young carers and their families including emergency assistance for families in crisis including white goods, Food Bank Vouchers and Food Parcels delivered across the County by Action for Children staff, and use of the Council’s Covid Winter grant scheme to allocating £22k to vulnerable families across Cornwall to help with food/fuel and essentials.
- Developed the Well-being Practitioner Service delivering Low level CBT for Young Carers with anxiety, low mood and low level mental health illness in partnership with CAMHS.
Commenting, Pat Rogerson, Lib Dem Chair of Cornwall Council’s Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee said:
“There are thousands of young carers in Cornwall who do an outstanding job to look after family members, and today we can all acknowledge and thank them for that they do. Lib Dems on Cornwall Council will continue to work with young carers to provide support and give young carers a voice through co-design of our carers’ services.”