Friday, December 13, 2019
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Local businesses are asked to pledge support for Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers.

The Young Carers organisation currently supports over 60 youngsters, from the ages of 5 to 18.

Lucy Cooke, Community Engagement Officer for Skye, Lochaber and Wester Ross under the Highland Aspiring Communities Project, funded by European Social Fund, told Skye Times Online: "I am asking all third, public and private sector organisations (where appropriate) to sign my pledge to promise ongoing support and an 'open door policy' to all Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers.

"The intention of the pledge is to spread awareness about these courageous young people and the wonderful organisation that supports them.

"I hope it will also offer them more choices and possibilities for their current and future lives by providing more opportunities for support, volunteering and eventual employment."

Currently, young carers upon reaching the age of 18 will be less able to benefit from the Young Carers organisation and, at the age of 19, the now-adult carers lose the support of the organisation. Most of them will still remain carers, however - and the pledge is seen as a way of connecting the carers with potential employers and other methods of support.

Lucy contined: "If your organisation would like to sign the pledge please respond with the line:

"{Name of Organisation and contact details} supports the Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers

"I will create a list of support to be given to the Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers which they will display in their premises so that all their members can see. Please use this as an opportunity to work with them if you don't already. For those that already do, please keep up the fantastic work!"

Picture shows Donald MacDonald (Aros) with Naomi Blane & John Campbell from Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers. 

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