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SuperKids Forum

SuperKids forum  

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The SuperKids forum coordinated by the Engagement and Development Team meets once a month bringing together children, young people and young adults carers to have a strategic voice within Bedford Borough Council inputting directly into service development, Borough wide consultations and meeting with senior managers and elected members.  They work together to develop their own projects, to raise the voices and views of young carers and have fun!  In 2015 they have helped to interview for new workers, been on a trip to London to the Houses of Parliament, presented to Councillors about being a young carers and are now working on MY LIFE MY STORY.

 

MY LIFE MY STORY

We would like professionals to understand what it is like to be a young carer and some of the things we have to do but think about the things they can do to help us.  We have already spoken to Councillors at Overview and Scrutiny Committee in April about being and young carer and talked about help needed at school, help for our families with money and advice and about how sometimes we like being a young carer and sometimes we find it difficult.

 

The new Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014 says that young carers have to have their wishes and views taken into account about caring and their :

Education

Work

Training

Recreation (fun things to do).

 

It also says that we need to have an assessment for us about being a young carer that we are part of and be given a written report about what the things we need are and how people will help us to get the help but also to achieve our goals in education, work and fun!

 

MY LIFE MY STORY is our way of showing you what it is like to be a young carer. We will talk about who we are, what we do, do games with you, show your our play and video and help you to think about what you can do with your staff to help young carers.

 

We have made a presentation you can use with your staff, have a film made by young carers called Undercover Heroes which has a guide book with lots of information in it and have make information leaflets for you to give out. Carers in Bedfordshire also have information about what they do to help young carers.  To book your training email  emma.sparrow@bedford.gov.uk

 

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