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Scottish Young Carers Festival 2010

New figures have shown that almost 90 per cent of Scottish young carers feel that their schools and GPs do nothing to support them – and that is despite the fact that young carers save the public purse more than £7.6 billion a year.

So as a big thank you, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is organising a free festival on 21 and 22 August at Broomlee Outdoor Centre, West Linton, to give them a chance to let their hair down and talk to decision makers about the new national young carers’ strategy.

Organised by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and funded by the Scottish Government, the third annual Scottish Young Carers Festival will bring together more than 450 young carers from all over Scotland.

Research commissioned by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers has shown that every £1 spent on services for young carers saves the public purse £6.72 – yet services are under threat because of local authority budget cuts to organisations that run young carers’ groups.

As well as giving young carers a break from caring, the Festival offers them the chance to have fun and meet others in a similar position. Young carers will also have the opportunity to talk about their lives to ministers, MSPs from all over Scotland and representatives from three health boards and 13 councils.

At last year’s Festival, 86% of young carers told us that their school did “nothing” to support young carers, while 89% felt their GPs/health workers also did “nothing”. The majority of services for young carers are provided by the voluntary sector through organisations such as The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

For more information, please contact Louise Morgan, Young Carers Services Manager, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, tel. 07909 967861