ID card to help young carers explain role

Young carers across Angus will now receive an official identification card to help them explain their tole and to help them in health and education settigs

The card, issued by the Young Carers’ Centre in Arbroath, will go some way to tackle difficulties youngsters experience in school, as their caring role can have an impact on their ability to complete schoolwork or arrive on time.

Healthcare is also an area where they struggle as they cannot collect prescriptions on behalf of the person they care for. The introduction of the Young Carers’ Card allows them to prove their caring role and help increase awareness and understanding among the people they come into contact with.

Pamela Christie, Young Carers Support Worker at Angus Carers Centre, a partner of Carers Trust Scotland, said: “The launch of the ID card is a culmination of a lot of behind the scenes work, particularly with Angus Council.

“The ID card will provide an excellent way for conversations to start between young carers and staff within school to help young carers ask for the support they need to increase staff awareness of their caring responsibilities.

“We would like to thank Angus Council for meeting the costs of producing the first 200 ID Cards.”

Margo Williamson, strategic director of the council’s People Directorate, also welcomed the new cards.

She said: “I have met with young carers at the centre’s Fisheracre base in Arbroath and am impressed by their maturity and awareness of the support they need to continue in their caring role. The directorate is committed to supporting young carers and ensuring their views are taken into account as services for families are planned in the future.”