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Surrey Young Carers visit children’s minister Sarah Teather

Six Surrey Young Carers raised some of the difficulties they face with Sarah Teather, Minister of State for Children and Families, when they visited her office in Westminster on Monday (9 July).

Six Surrey Young Carers raised some of the difficulties they face with Sarah Teather, Minister of State for Children and Families, when they visited her office in Westminster on Monday (9 July).

Surrey Young Carers, which supports young people who have caring responsibilities, organised the visit for the six teenagers, who all look after family members as part of their caring role.

The three boys and three girls took the opportunity to voice concerns they have about health, training, funding, family support, school and further education.

Seventeen – year-old Russell Minns, from Merrow, told the minister there should be separate funding arrangements for young carers to help them to access higher education.

Russell, who has caring responsibilities for his sister and has just left George Abbot School in Burpham with a B Tech in Sport, and A levels in ICT and Health & Social Care said,“There should be greater consideration given to young carers over funding and a better overall understanding by the universities and colleges of what we do and the difficulties we face”.

Russell, who works part-time in a convenience store, added,“I’m still undecided about what I’m going to do. My parents would like me to go on to full-time study but I’m not sure. Everything is going up.”

The six young carers, who enjoyed a tour of the Houses of Parliament during their visit, were with the minister for 45 minutes. Afterwards they presented her with hand-made replica Olympic torches on which they had written the issues they had raised as a reminder of their visit.

Organiser Martha Fairchild, activities coordinator at Surrey Young Carers added:

“It was very beneficial to us to be able to give Sarah Teather first hand some real life examples of what it is like to be a young carer.It is good to know that she now has a clearer understanding of some of the issues that matter most to them.”

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