Wednesday, 18 June 2008

This afternoon I met my colleague Sheila Davenport, who leads the Willows Young Carers project we support with our partners at Barnardos...

This is an inspiring initiative which has given a voice to this wonderful group of young people whose creativity and sensitivity shines through the work they have been doing with Sheila. Sheila tells me that there are over 2000 young carers, aged 5 to 19, here in Leeds that's around 2% of our young people; five or six in an average primary school and twenty to thirty in an average secondary school. Clearly every school in Leeds needs to take the needs of young carers very seriously. If you need help and support contact Sheila and her team of brilliant young carers who will be able to help. The website is

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