Young carer Jamaal Otieno, who is a Peer Mentor with Carers in Bedfordshire and he also ran for Youth Parliament earlier in the year, took part in the series. The 16-year-old said:
Carers in Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough Council also showed their support for Young Carers Action Day by lighting up the town bridge purple, the official colour of the campaign.
We encouraged businesses, young carers, schools and members of the public to wear purple and donate to help us to carry out the valuable support we provide to young carers. We are part funded by Bedford Borough council and provides one-to-one support, training, workshops, clubs, young carer breaks, closed social media groups and peer mentoring. We also sent craft packs, courtesy of the Carers Trust, to all our young carers registered with us, so they could support the national day of action.
There are an estimated 700,000 young carers in the United Kingdom. They are classed as children or young people under 18, who care for someone who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, learning difficulties, sensory impairment, HIV/AIDS or substance misuse. Young Carers may experience isolation, difficulties coping at home, problems at school, lack of social experiences and often need information and advice on the illness or disability their family member may have.
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