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Undercover Heroes: Code Name: Young Carers

Monday 8th November 2010

 

 

Borough Hall is preparing for its première showing of Undercover Heroes on Thursday 11th November, at 3pm. The 20 minute film has been produced by young carers in a joint project with Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire and Moon Watcher Media.

 

With the average age of a young carer being just 12-years-old, the viewing is hoped to encourage organisations, services and projects to increase and improve support offered to this group. The event will provide opportunity to hear directly from the young carers themselves; the real stars of the show!

 

Its launch is the culmination of two years work with the group of young carers aged 7 – 15. Commissioned in 2009 with funding from both unitary authorities, the film will be launched to a packed audience made up of staff, invited guests, young carers and their families.

 

In the film, young carers from across Bedfordshire explore such issues as:

 

  • Bullying
  • Role and day to day life of a young carer
  • Different caring scenarios including sibling disability, parental disability, parental mental health problems
  • Understanding / school support
  • Comparison between young carer / non carer in relation to social and personal development
  • The film is targeted at any professional, service, volunteer who works with children, young people and families

 

Cllr David Sawyer, portfolio holder for Children’s Services, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “With so many adult responsibilities, young carers often miss out on opportunities that other children have to play and learn. I am sure this will be a thought-provoking film, which will help us provide the necessary support to these outstanding young people.”

 

If you would like any further information, contact Emma Sparrow, at Bedford Borough Council, via email at Emma.Sparrow@bedford.gov.uk

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