Carers in Bedfordshire and young carer, Jamaal Otieno, have been recognised at the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire’s Annual ceremony held virtually yesterday (18 March).
The Zoom ceremony celebrated those groups and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in supporting their local communities during the last year of the Covid pandemic.
We were presented by High Sheriff Susan Lousada with a Charitable Organisation Award for “operating at an outstanding level throughout the pandemic and showing great versatility, kindness and care.” Jamaal was given a Young Citizen Award for the contribution he has made in caring for his younger brother and raising the profile of young carers both locally and nationally.
We support thousands of unpaid carers across Bedfordshire hit the ground running when the first lockdown began. Although face-to-face services closed, the team got on the phone to offer practical advice and a listening ear.
CEO Chris Stelling said:
Jamaal cares for his younger brother who has ADHD and very challenging behaviour. The 16-year-old is a Peer Mentor undergoing bespoke training from Carers in Bedfordshire to equip him with the skills to mentor other young carers. He regularly attends a national young carers campaign group The Young Carers National Voice and raises the profile and needs of young carers with local and national government. He also stood for Youth Parliament earlier in the year with a manifesto to support young carers.
Janice Styles, family Team Co-ordinator at Carers in Bedfordshire, said:
High Sheriff Susan Lousada added: