Brunel volunteering group, Team v, is campaigning to raise awareness for child carers in the
UK and to promote support services for their local area; working with Hillingdon Young Carer’s to help young carers to find support if they need it.
Brunel Students: Felicia Akhazemea, Alexandra Tudora, Aisha Hamidi and Yelyzaveta Kahanova
The team, which is part of a national network of young volunteers run by youth charity vInspired, held an activity workshop in Oak Farm Library to inform their local community on the impact that caring at such a young age has on young carers’ lives and to promote the local support services as to where they can find help.
According to the latest census, there are currently 166,363 young carers in England, however many remain hidden from official sight. They can miss out on a huge range of opportunities that so many other children and young people take for granted, from educational opportunities, to spending time with friends and having time and space to do their homework.
Many young carers and their families don’t receive any support which leads to a significant number of repercussions. For example:
- 1 in 12 young carers is caring for more than 15 hours per week.
- Around 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring responsibilities.
- Young carers are 1.5 times more likely than their peers to have a special educational need or a disability.
- Young carers have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level.
- Young carers are more likely than the national average to be not in education, employment or training (NEET) between the ages of 16 and 19.
Team v Brunel held their workshop pop-up event on the 27th February 2015 between 1-5pm.
Members of the public were invited to take part in activities, learn more about the issue through our photo exhibition and information stall.
About Team v
Team v is a team of highly motivated volunteers (aged 18-25) using their creative brilliance and natural people skills to make real change happen in communities across England.
Team v is a leadership development programme powered by vInspired, designed to activate a network of young people leading social action campaigns across England. vInspired gives team leaders an inspiring package of training, tools and tactics to recruit their own teams of volunteers in order to lead the campaigns.
vInspired is a vibrant, innovative charity that focuses on helping young people help themselves and others through volunteering and social action. It provides under 25s with volunteering and social action opportunities to improve their life skills and employability.
vInspired does things differently – it makes volunteering fun and rewarding. It wants to help young people express their creativity and develop their innovative ideas with the simple belief that volunteering and social action helps young people to value their communities and feel that they belong. It believes that by actively engaging young people at all levels of its work, it is more likely to reach and inspire other young people to take action for social good.
Notes to editors
For more information, please contact:
Aisha Hamidi (Student Number: 1218090) - aisha.hamidi@vInspired.com