Buckhaven hosts carer card launch

The launch event of the Fife young carer card scheme.
The launch event of the Fife young carer card scheme.

BUCKHAVEN High School was the venue for the launch of the Fife young carers’ authorisation card.

The card will be carried by youngsters who take responsibility for caring for adults and lets health professionals know that those being cared for have consented for the sharing of information.

It was launched as part of this year’s ‘In Sickness and Health’ themed national carers’ week by Fife Council, along with NHS Fife and local charity, Fife Young Carers.

The card is part of a Scottish Government scheme, with Fife one of six pilot areas taking part.

Dougie Dunlop, Fife Council’s head of children’s services, said: “Carers week is an opportunity for us to all acknowledge and appreciate the invaluable role that many young people play in caring for family members.”

Julia (13), is just one of Fife’s estimated 5715 young carers.

She said: “I have been caring for my mum for two years.

“I do a lot of household chores and help mum with my little sister.

“I do find it hard to fit everything in but it makes me feel good knowing that I’m helping.

“I also think I’m more grateful as a young carer – unlike most people my age, sometimes I can’t go out with my friends when I want, so when I do, I enjoy it even more.”

For more information, visit www.fifedirect.org.uk/youngcarers or www.fifeyoungcarers.co.uk.