Carers 20th birthday

Pictured from left are Kathleen McSherry, Alix McKenna and Chloe Beatson. Picture Alan Watson
Pictured from left are Kathleen McSherry, Alix McKenna and Chloe Beatson. Picture Alan Watson
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An organisation which supports children who help care for their parents and siblings has marked its 20th birthday.

North Lanarkshire Young Carers offers crucial support to youngsters who take on a role at home far beyond their years, caring for family members with disabilities or long-term health issues.

And last week at Motherwell’s Alona Hotel, the service celebrated two decades of making a real difference.

Jim Cantley, from Action for Children Scotland which supports the service said: “We were delighted to mark the 20th anniversary of North Lanarkshire Young Carers with a day of celebrations.

“North Lanarkshire Young Carers has come a long way in its first 20 years and the day’s events will showcase the journey the service has made.

“The young carers it supports often assume a level of responsibility which would usually be associated with an adult role around the home, very young children can be responsible for cooking, cleaning and caring for parents or siblings.

“People are often amazed when they learn how much young carers do to help their families.

“Life can be tough so it’s crucial that we offer them support in a fun and friendly environment, as well as the chance to have a break and simply enjoy being young.”

Last Monday’s celebrations were hosted by two young carers and featured performances and talks from carers as well as a key note address from the Scottish Government Minister with responsibility for carers, Jamie Hepburn MSP.