Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson says young carers deserve

Bill Esterson with staff from PSS Sefton Young Carers

 

Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson visited the headquarters of Sefton Young Carers after being contacted by growing numbers of young carers who are fearful that Tory-Lib Dem cuts will hit them hard.

Bill had the chance to meet the staff at the Waterloo-based HQ which works with young carers throughout the borough.

PSS Sefton Young Carers was set up in 1991 and was the first young carers project in the country.

The project raises awareness of the needs of Young Carers and their families while promoting A Whole Family Approach to identifying, assessing and meeting the needs of Young Carers.

But because its funding comes from Sefton Council, the future of the service is under threat.

Bill said: "The work PSS Sefton Young Carers does with young people throughout Sefton is invaluable. In the past two years alone, the service has worked with 250 young carers. That's 250 young people who would not have received any assistance without Sefton Young Carers.

"The burden on the shoulders of these young people is great. They are looking after parents and family members with lots of health conditions, including mental illnesses and cancer.

"It is recognised that being a young carer presents a range of challenges that can directly impact on a carer's educational achievement and social development.

"The service that Sefton Young Carers provides means that the burden is eased and the young people are given the support and care they need when they need it."

 


PSS is the main agency which provides the dedicated service for young carers in Sefton and the services the project offers includes:

  • Advice and information to young carers and their families
  • Awareness raising of the needs of young carers to other agencies, such as schools, Children's Centres, social work teams, etc
  • One on one and group support for young carers, including professional counselling
  • Peer group support
  • Respite breaks and short breaks
  • Out of school support
  • Advocacy services


Bill said any cuts to the services which Sefton Young Carers Provide will harm the young people who rely on the services.

Bill said: "Any reduction in support to these young carers could have serious implications on lots of young people as well as the people they are caring for.

"These young people provide a service in their own right. If they were to be paid the hourly rate for the amount of care they provide, the bill would be astronomical, so the service they provide to the council is invaluable.

"Because they provide that service they need all the support they can get. We have a duty of care to these young people to ensure they are not having

"They deserve our thanks, not the Tory-Lib Dem axe."