Carers aim to pack their bags

YOUNG Carers will be packing bags at Waitrose in St Neots and passing out leaflets in the Market Square to help raise the profile of Carers Week. Crossroads Young Carers Project of Huntingdonshire will be supporting the publicity drive, which will be tak

YOUNG Carers will be packing bags at Waitrose in St Neots and passing out leaflets in the Market Square to help raise the profile of Carers' Week.

Crossroads Young Carers Project of Huntingdonshire will be supporting the publicity drive, which will be taking place from Tuesday, June 13, to Monday, June 19.

Carers between the ages of eight and 19 will be handing out leaflets in the town with their mascot before taking part in a two-hour bag packing session at Waitrose.

To raise awareness of the work of young carers another group will be attending a picnic at Hinchingbrooke Park on Saturday, June 10.

Lucy Francklin, young carers project manager said: "A young carer is a young person whose life is affected by caring for a family member who has a disability, long-term illness, mental health problem or misuses drugs or alcohol.

"We hope through Crossroads Young Carers Project a young carer can feel more confident, less isolated, more informed of their rights and responsibilities and receive appropriate guidance and support to deal with the change and uncertainty of caring."

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More than 200 carers, who are all affected in some way by their caring role, are involved in the project which offers a wide range of services for young carers.

Mrs Francklin added: "The project gives the young carers the chance to meet other young carers in similar situations, have a break from caring and have some fun."

INFORMATION: To find out more contact Lucy Francklin on 01480 456170 or e-mail:

lucy.francklin@youngcarer.org.uk

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