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Matthew

Matthew

Name: Matthew Huggins
Age: 19
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Amesbury, Wiltshire
Campaign: To help teachers understand the challenges faced by young carers

Trying to juggle the responsibility of caring for a loved one with school or college work is a difficult task.

 

Many young carers find themselves falling behind with homework, feeling tired during lessons or even being late to school because their priorities lie elsewhere.

 

This can mean they get into trouble because many don’t want to tell their teachers what’s going on at home.

 

My teenage brother has Down's syndrome and I’ve been helping to care for him all his life.

 

Along with the rest of my team, I'd like to make a short film with Fixers aimed at teachers. It will explain the challenges young carers face.

 

I hope it will help them spot when someone could be a young carer so they can support those who might not want to open up about their responsibilities at home.

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

 

Casey Lee Eaton Kloe Woods
Chloe Potter George Traynor
Jade Munday Rebekah Dix
Heather McCarnin Francessa Crate
Thomas Dix Jessica Traynor
Norman Butler Corey Gleed-Ellis

 

Youth Action Wiltshire
Sharon Worby, Young Carers Education Link Worker at Youth Action Wiltshire, has been particularly supportive of our Fix. She assisted us when we were deciding which issues we wanted to address within our project and sorted out somewhere for us to meet. She also arranged transport for us and will be taking our film into schools.

 

Salisbury International Arts Festival

Gill Roberts, Learning and Participation Manager at the Salisbury International Arts Festival, is supporting our project. She will be holding a concert with young people in Wiltshire and would like our Fixers film to be shown in the background throughout the concert.

October 2014

Carers Australia, the national peak body representing Australian carers has requested to use our film at their conference on the 16-18th November! The film will be shown to approximately 200 delegates that will be in attendance and will hopefully influence policies and services on the behalf of young carers in the country.

 

Click here to view more about the event.

 

February 2014

Our Fixers film is now being used by the Vice Principal of St John’s Academy in Marlborough, which has a student body of 1,600, to raise awareness of the challenges faced by young carers. In addition, our campaign is being promoted to their sister schools.

 

The film has also been posted on the Community First Wiltshire website and is being promoted by them to organisations they work with.

 

We have received really encoruaging feedback so far in regards to our campaign. You can read some of these comments by scrolling down!

 

Emma:

'Wow! Very clear and powerful!'

 

Ginnie:

'Fantastic and very powerful! Well done to all involved!'

 

Jenny:

'This is incredibly done! Really touching.'

 

Charlie:

'Brilliant work guys.'

 

Majella:
'This is good. I never like telling my teachers I am a young carer. Good work.'

 

January 2014
Our Fixers film was screened at an event at the Wiltshire Scout Centre in Potterne Wick on Thursday 30th January.

 

Around twenty people attended, including representatives from local schools, Youth Action Wiltshire and the charity Community First.

 

A reporter from BBC Wiltshire came along to cover the event.

 

We received positive feedback following the event:

 

Alan Shelton, Vice Principal at St John's Academy in Marlborough:

'The film was great and really highlights the issues young carers face. We have new young teachers joining our school. I will be showing this film to the staff to look at how we can identify and help these young people.' 

 

Sharon Woolley, Executive Fundraising Officer, Community First:

‘The film was very powerful and it is great that we have something we can use to raise awareness of young carers and their roles. The young carers and the team should be very proud of the finished film! It’s a great achievement for all involved.’

 

Lynn Gibson, Assistant Chief Executive, Community First:

‘What a great film. I hope people listen to what the young people have to say.’

 

The screening event is introduced by Fixers Young People's Coordinator, Wayne.

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