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Becky R

Becky R

Name: Becky Rowe
Age: 22
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Worcester
Campaign: Raise support for young carers

Since I was younger, my sister and I have been caring for our mum who has mental and physical conditions which prevent her from running our house.

 

It is tough work, and can often amount to around 50 hours of care a week. We do this with little assistance, and have to somehow fit in our education too.

 

The reality is that many young people throughout the UK struggle in their role as a young carer every single day. The work they do is often unseen though as they attempt to juggle the life they want with the life they have.

 

With Fixers, myself and a group of other young carers from Worcester are creating a first-person documentary film which shows a day in the life of a young carer.

 

I hope this film will enlighten young people to the struggles we face, and will educate health professionals and decision-makers about the support we need.

Here is the list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Sarah Rowe


Belhany Stanley

Katie Cleaver

Sarah Rowe

Tom Peggrem

Joel Wood

Eleanor Gallagher

Linzi Aston
Lauren Walton

Emma Pugh

Vanessa Mountford

Amelia Thomas

Sophie Coleman

Ian Mason

Steven Preston

Lewis Metti

Worcestershire Youth Services

Our local Council assisted youth service, which helps young carers in our county with the struggles they may face.

 

Neil Phillips from the Worcestershire Youth Services was interviewed for the broadcast story about our Fixers project. He says: ‘It’s important that we find out more about what these young carers do because they’ve developed a skill set that a lot of people their age have not got. It’s important that people see that.’

 

Worcester Young Carers group

The support network which myself and other carers in the area attend to share our experiences of caring for a loved one. They support our Fixers project and were also featured in the broadcast story about our Fixers campaign.

April 2014

Our film has been well received by various community figures who have all left supportive comments. You can read some of these below:

 

Mike Aston, CEO Hereford and Worcester Chamber of Commerce.

'A really effective message, concise and factual. The film combined with the young peoples presentation gave a real insight into what being a young carer means.'

 

Alan Ford, Children Clinical Services Manager

'If the film is not already used I am happy to take it to the Worcestershire safeguarding board. I think its a great representation of a young carer.'

Debbie Morris, Equality Manager at Worcester Technology College

'A very inspiring and moving film. I felt touched after watching it.'

 

November 2013

Our film 'A Day in the Life of a Young Carer' was shown at a screening event held at Worcester College of Technology on Wednesday 27th November. It was one of four films being premiered and around fifty people turned up. Click here to read more about the event. 

 

An article about our screening also appeared in the Worcester News. Click here to read the story.

 

Our team of Fixers at the screening

 

September 2013

Our campaign was again featured in the Worcester News, covering our day to day life and offering further information about young carers. Click here to see the full article.

 

July 2013

Our story was featured in the Worcester News. Click here to read the article.

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