Angus young carers head to festival

A group of 21 young carers from Angus are heading to the Scottish Young Carers Festival, which starts tomorrow (July 29-31) at Broomlee, West Linton. They will be joining around 800 other young carers from across Scotland in the annual event, now in its seventh year.

Karyn Brady, Young Carer Support Worker said: “The young carers from Angus attending this years festival are really looking forward to it.

“For some this will be their first time at the festival and those that have been before having been telling them all about the great time they will have. The festival gives young carers the chance to have a well-deserved break from their caring role and make friends with young people in similar situations. The opportunity for young carers to have their voice heard is really important to them’

Organised by Carers Trust Scotland, the festival takes place in summer every year and is held at the Broomlee Outdoor Centre in West Linton.

Activities at the festival include a Festival’s Got Talent show, a performance by Colin Cloud – mind reader extraordinaire, a zombie science school, silent disco, workshops on animation, dj-ing and stage make-up and dozens of other activities.

Shannon Torrie, 15, is one of the young carers from Angus who will be attending the festival this year. She said “I attended the festival last year and feel really lucky to have the opportunity to go again. It is an amazing experience where I can make friends, have time away from caring and helps to build my confidence.”

On the final day of the festival, which is funded by the Scottish Government, they will be joined by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil MSP. Other guests coming along on Thursday will include MSPs, councillors and health, education and council officials. The young carers will get the chance to speak to the guests and tell them what life is like as a young carer and how vital it is that services support them and continue to fund young carers groups.

Louise Morgan, who works with young carers services for Carers Trust Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance, said:

“The festival is a brilliant way of bringing young carers’ issues to the fore and we’re delighted that young carers from Angus will be a part of it.

“Young carers take on a hugely important role in our society, providing care for their families and saving the country millions of pounds. The festival not only gives the young carers the chance to relax and have fun but also to talk about the issues affecting them and to communicate this to policymakers.”