At the upcoming Annual Sitting of the UK Youth Parliament, Harry, along with his fellow Yorkshire & Humberside MYPs will be advocating their campaign to support Young Carers to become a national policy of UKYP.
In manifesto sessions, where MYPs of all regions submit their policies and campaigns, Harry will propose that the successful Young Carers Card project in Yorkshire & Humberside be adopted by all other regions across the country. The card as it stands in the region, has been introduced in Calderdale, Kirklees and York. Sheffield is in the process of implementing the card and the city’s MYPs are consulting with local young carers groups and schools.
“If the great work achieved in Yorkshire and Humberside were to be adopted by other UKYP regions, a national support network for young carers would be created. This support would compliment the campaign already carried out by the Prince’s Trust. Young Carers who put so much into society, would benefit from the recognition a card gives to the amazing work they do every day. It’s my aim that the card campaign be included in UKYP’s health policy for 2011-12″ – Harry
The mandate that UKYP’s national structure would give to the campaign would spur it forward and attract the recognition young carers deserve. Parliament has in recent months provided a much needed platform for debate of how best to help young carers. This is in light of cuts to local youth services and the reduction in state funded care for those who are ill or disabled.