A CREATIVE carer has come up with a different type of card this Christmas.
Teenager James Wostenholm has designed a card that will help scores of young carers across Doncaster who look after sick or disabled relatives.
The 19-year-old has come up with the Young Carer’s Card which is aimed at helping others understand the key role carers play and can be used to connect agencies and organisations involved in care.
Young carers along with more than 50 professionals from agencies across the town – including schools, colleges, emergency services, hospitals and the local authority - launched the scheme at the Doncaster School and College for the Deaf earlier this month.
The card, believed to be the first in the UK, can be shown by the carrier to make agencies aware of their caring role and eligibility to support. Young carers will be able to apply to their school or college in Doncaster for a card.
The brainchild of Barnardo’s Doncaster Young Carers Service, the scheme has been developed after consultation with young carers and their families.
Manager of Doncaster Young Carers Service, Jane Whaley, said: “Young carers have struggled for far too long. They often find it difficult to talk about their situation or ask for support and their school and home lives suffer as a result.
“This simple card will help to raise awareness and develop understanding of their roles. We’re delighted with how positively the card has been received from all the agencies across the borough.”
For more details about young carers in Doncaster visit www.barnardos.org.uk/youngcarers, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the service on 01302 366 680.