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The role of young carers and the support they require has prompted the creation of a new charter.

The Young Carers Charter has been launched today by the ²gether NHS Foundation Trust to coincide with Carers Rights Day (Nov 30).

The charter recognises and values the important role of young carers, and demonstrates our commitment to working with them to help make life better.

Jo Denney, Non Medical Consultant for Social Inclusion for the Trust, said: “The theme for this year’s Carers Rights Day is ‘Getting help in tough times’.

“We’ve worked with young carers with the support of local group Gloucestershire Young Carers to develop our Young Carers Charter.

“The launch of the charter is an important step in acknowledging the role of young carers and raising the awareness of young carers within our services.

“It has been based on our core values that represent our commitment to the people we serve, whatever age they are.”

Mandy Bell, Development Lead (Mental Health) at Gloucestershire Young Carers, said the charter was an important step in ensuring young carers got the support and recognition they deserved.

She said: “The challenge for practitioners is to minimise the factors that pose a risk to the wellbeing of family members and to enhance protective factors”.

The Trust and Gloucestershire Young Carers partnered with Gloucestershire College for the launch of the charter in Gloucestershire.

Gloucestershire College offered both organisations a welcome opportunity to publicise what statutory and non-statutory support is available to people who are combining study with a young carer role. It also helped raise awareness among the many young people studying courses at the college, which may lead to increased professional contact with young carers to ensure they get extra support.

Information and resources from both organisations were available in the Atrium at Gloucestershire College’s Gloucester Campus this morning.

In Herefordshire, the charter was launched during an event organised by Herefordshire Carers Support to coincide with Carers Rights Day. The event, at the Kindle Centre, was attended by the Trust’s Chief Executive Shaun Clee, along with Dr Jane Melton, Clinical Director for Social Inclusion. Shaun and Jane launched the charter and joined in a panel discussion about how Herefordshire carers can get the help they need.

Information about the Young Carers Charter, our other pledges to service users and carers and information about Trust services can be found on our website: www.²gether.nhs.uk