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Ricky

Ricky

Name: Ricky Buckland
Age: 19
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Campaign: To ensure young carers are getting the support they need

I was ten years old when I started going to collect Mum’s prescriptions.

 

Her diabetes has caused problems with her feet so she uses a wheelchair. She can’t stand for long so isn’t able to do much around the house – that’s where I come in.

 

I also care for my sister. She has learning difficulties, autism and epilepsy.

 

In some ways I feel being a young carer means I’ve lost out on parts of my childhood, but I have gained life experiences.  

 

With the help of Fixers I want to raise awareness of what it is to be a young carer.

 

I want to help teachers spot when someone has caring responsibilities at home and to reach out to others who may not recognise themselves as carers but who are in need of support.

 

I hope to do this by creating a short film to highlight the challenges young carers face.

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

 

Abby Haworth Aiden Pulford
Brian Edmonds Charles Gooch
Chris Dye  Clare Longstaff
Daniel Leggett Debbie Brett
Emily Forder Emma Hare
Hannah Wright Jack Farrow
Martin Parkinson Melissa Thompson
Scarlett Blissett Sophie Turner 

Colleen Walker, Deputy Mayor of Great Yarmouth
The Deputy Mayor is supporting my Fixers project. She was interviewed to appear in my broadcast piece.

 

Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Young Carers (GYGYC)

The young people involved in this Fix are members of this group. Thank you to Terry Wood, the youth worker of the young carers group, for supporting our campaign.

 

January 2014

An article about my Fixers project appeared in the Great Yarmouth Mercury. Click on the image below to read the full story.

 

 

I've also had really encouraging feedback about my campaign from people who have seen my project. See below:

 

Clare: 'Well done Ricky! A real life hero!'

 

Debbie: 'Well done! You do a great job looking after your family.'

 

Deborah: 'I'm so proud of you!'

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