Rhoda meeting young carers last summer

 

Skye's New Year Honours list recipient, Marjory Jagger, is the latest local to get a mention in the Scottish Parliament.

Just days after lodging a motion to commend local police for their tweeting success, Labour MSP the Highlands and Islands, Rhoda Grant, has done it again, this time to mark the long-serving manager of Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers achievement in receiving the British Empire Medal.

The MSP said: "I visited Ms Jagger and the group in the summer and chatted to some of the young people that it helps. It was obvious that the youngsters, from a wide age range, received tremendous support, not only from those running the project but from other young carers who were in the same position.

"It was apparent that many adults and even the youngsters’ peer groups did not understand the stresses and strains of having to care for someone else in the family. Young carers get tired and they feel totally responsible for the person they have to care for.

"Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers provides day respite and long respite breaks for the group and support sessions which cover topics such as First Aid, budgeting and debt management. Marjory has been key to the organisation’s success and I am delighted she has received this honour for all her hard work and for the hard work of her team.

"Accessing funding is difficult for this small independent charity on Skye and I sincerely hope that it can continue to receive support to allow it to continue its great work in the future."