A group of carers from Sheffield have enjoyed an action-packed trip to London, funded by BBC’s Children in Need.
The trip saw the ten young people take a trip on the London Eye, enjoy the city’s iconic sights from an open-top bus, take to the water on a Thames river cruise and experience the terror of The London Dungeon.
The group also enjoyed an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the Houses of Parliament and the Palace of Westminster, organised for them by Sheffield MP Paul Blomfield, who met with them in the city ahead of the trip.
Paul said: “I met with Sheffield Young Carers as part of my annual Big Conversation and the meeting with these inspiring young people was incredibly informative regarding the issues that they face on a daily basis.
“I was pleased to be able to organise a tour around the Palace of Westminster as part of their trip to London and look forward to hearing more about their experiences when I feed back to them on the issues they raised with me.”
The young people spent time chatting with Paul about a wide range of issues affecting young carers, including their experiences at school and with local health services, the financial impacts of being a young carer, and issues around their own health, isolation and bullying.
Laura Selby, deputy manager at Sheffield Young Carers, said: “It was such a fantastic trip – being in London was so exciting – travelling by tube and seeing all of the sights. The young people all came back understanding more about politics and inspired to help improve things for other young carers.”