Motion ref. S5M-18330
12th Scottish Young Carers Festival
Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Date lodged: Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Supported by: Tom Arthur, Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Neil Findlay, Kenneth Gibson, Alison Johnstone, Bill Kidd, John Mason, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Alex Rowley, Sandra White
That the Parliament welcomes the 12th Scottish Young Carers Festival, a three-day residential event that takes place between 31 July and 2 August 2019; notes that this event, which is hosted by Carers Trust Scotland, will bring together almost 400 unpaid young carers from all over Scotland; recognises that the Festival offers a fun respite experience for young carers for them to try exciting activities that are different from those normally available in their day-to-day lives, and importantly allows them time away from their caring responsibilities to have fun and be children and young people; appreciates that the event provides a place for young people to meet others with shared experiences, allowing them to make friends in the knowledge that all participants have an understanding of how a caring role can impact the life of a young person; understands that it also offers designated spaces for consultations with young carers, giving them an opportunity to share their lived experiences in a way that is comfortable and appropriate for them, which contributes to an understanding of the young carer landscape at a national level; notes that the Festival offers valuable networking opportunities for young carer workers, as well as organisations working with young carers at a national level, to gain insight into what is on offer for young carers and gaining connections that are useful in delivering a comprehensive service to them; values the immense contribution young carers make to society; recognises the importance of the Scottish Young Carers Festival, and believes that appropriate services and support should be available to all young carers in Scotland to ensure they have a fair chance to follow their aspirations and live fulfilled lives.