Our young carers have been given help to get them on the road to their dream job as part of an event to mark Young Carers Awareness Day. During the session Young Adult Carer Liam Talbot spoke about how to balance caring responsibilities with career goals. Liam, who combines caring with a part time job and his studies at University Centre Blackburn College, talked to young carers about the help and support he’d received to pursue his work ambitions and encouraged them to think about life beyond a caring role. Liam benefits from our YAC scheme, a joint project between CANW and The Carers Service which supports Young Adult Carers aged 16 – 24 year olds who look after family members.
Liam, who’s cared for his mum for the last five years said: “It was great to be able to speak to other young carers and encourage them to pursue their dreams. “I’ve been a carer since I was 14 and it’s a real challenge to do that, try to keep up with school work and gain work experience, but there is help available. “CANW really supported me to pursue my ambition to be a web designer and developer and now I’m studying for a Diploma in Interactive Media and Software Development at University Centre Blackburn College.”
The 19 year old added: “I really hope my experience inspires other young carers to look at the opportunities available to them.”
Figures released by the Carers Trust for Young Carers Awareness Day show that on average young carers miss out on 48 school days a year because of their caring role. Speaking of the event, Huma Sheikh our Young Carers Co-ordinator said: “We’re really grateful to Liam for coming in to speak to our young carers. He’s inspired our young people to think much more about the career options open to them.
“Young carers can face great challenges when it comes to continuing their education and building a career. At CANW our aim is to work with them to access opportunities that will set them on the road to their dream job. “That’s why we want to invite local businesses and education providers to come and speak to our young carers about the choices available to them. “Whether they’re able to offer advice, a careers workshop, tips on CV writing or even work experience and apprenticeship opportunities, it would be great to gain their support in helping young carers achieve their ambitions.”