North Wales ID Card Launch on Young Carers Action Day

Written by on 12/03/2021

North Wales ID Card Launch on Young Carers Action Day

North Wales ID Card Launch on Young Carers Action Day, to support heroic young carers in their communities.

Young Carers Action Day on 16th March 2021 is about children and young people from across North Wales (& UK) who care for someone, usually a parent or a sibling, whether ill or disabled.

It is on this day the new North Wales Young Carers ID card will be launched to give recognition to our amazing young carers here in North Wales.

Young Carers have asked for an ID card so that teachers, health professionals and retailers know that they carry important responsibilities.

In response the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan, outlined her commitment to this initiative in rolling out a national young carers identification card in response to the National Assembly’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee Inquiry into the Social Services and Well-being Act 2014 and its impact on carers, as well addressing the three national priorities for carers in Wales.

Deputy Minister for Health and Social Service, Julie Morgan, said: “I want to express my thanks to all of Wales’ young carers and young adult carers for the fantastic support they give to family and friends in such testing times.

“Even before the pandemic started we knew young carers and young adult carers faced numerous pressures whilst caring for someone. The past twelve months have shown us that unfortunately many people don’t know how to recognise, help or support a young carer.

“This national ID card will give young carers a quick way to easily inform their teachers, supermarket staff, pharmacies or their GP surgery, that they look after someone. It will also help them access their rights under our Social Services and Well-being Wales Act, including their right to a carers’ needs assessment.

“I am pleased that we are working closely with local authorities and Carers Trust Wales to ensure every areas of Wales offers it young carers an ID card by 2022. The regional approach by the local authorities across North Wales, and their work with Powys, is a very positive step forward to achieving that goal. By working together, we can all deliver better support and recognition for young carers throughout Wales.”

There will be a phased roll-out of the national ID card, with all local authority areas in Wales having launched their card by April 2022.

Many areas in Wales are developing their localised roll-out plans now, however North Wales is taking a unique approach and developing the ID card in partnership to create greater awareness and recognition for our young carers.

Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Denbighshire County Council’s Lead Member for Education, Children’s Services and Public Engagement, said: “I welcome the launch of the National Young Carers ID card across North Wales which will make a huge difference to the lives of young carers.

“This card, developed with funding from the Welsh Government, and support from Carers Trust Wales, will be able to be used by young carers across the region, and has been achieved by the six North Wales authorities working in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.”

Cllr Ann Davies, Denbighshire County Council’s Carers’ Champion, said: “This is a fantastic initiative that will help not only recognise the vital contribution of young carers across North Wales, but also ensure they are able to access the right support at the right time. It’s wonderful it will be launched on March 16, Young Carers Action Day.  Young carers play such an important role in our society and I’m delighted these ID cards are being introduced to help support them.”

North Wales and Powys’ launch is taking place on Tuesday 16th March 2020 at 5.30pm.

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