Posted on: Wednesday 9 June 2021
A pioneering scheme to support young carers in Torfaen is helping more than 100 youngsters.
Torfaen Council was one of the first local authorities in Wales to launch the Young Carer ID card scheme in March.
The card enables young people to identify themselves as carers to schools, GPs surgeries and pharmacies and it gives them access to free swimming, gym sessions and fitness classes, thanks for Torfaen Leisure Trust.
As part of Carers Week 2021, Torfaen Council would like more young carers to sign up.
Jasmine, 15, who cares for her mum, said, “I can now collect mum’s prescription without being asked a hundred questions or getting my mum to write a letter. I can just show them my Young Carer ID card.”
Gwynfor, 8, who also cares for his mum, said: "I can't wait to show my card to my teacher and I'm looking forward to going swimming."
Torfaen Executive Member for Children, Families and Communities, Councillor Fiona Cross, said, “We are very proud of the young carers in our borough who provide an excellent example of the true meaning of caring and highlight the relationship between dependence and independence.
"It is so pleasing to see that recognition via the Young Carer National ID card.”
Any young carer can apply for a card without undergoing an assessment with young carers' services.
Rebecca Elver, lead social worker for young carers in Torfaen, said, “We are aware that there may be more hidden young carers in Torfaen who may not realise they are a carers and that their life is different from their peers because of the tasks they have to complete at home.
"These may not have had an assessment or wish to have one, however, the scheme is extended to them through our trusted referrer route, or their families can apply direct via council website without the need to go through an assessment."
To apply for the Young Carer ID Card Scheme, click here.