Over 100 people attended a special conference highlighting the vital role young carers’ play in communities across Gwent on Young Carers Awareness Day – Thursday 30 January.

The Identifying Us conference was hosted by Carers Trust South East Wales in partnership with Blaenau Gwent Families First, Caerphilly Young Carers, Monmouthshire Carers Project, Newport Young Carers and Torfaen Young Carers. The event attracted visitors working in areas including public health, GP surgeries and drugs services, helping people working directly with young carers to better understand the services in place to support young carers in the Gwent area.

The event was held at the spectacular new ICC Wales building in Newport and Carers Trust Wales Director Simon Hatch opened the event, highlighting some of the major statistics around young carers in Wales and the issues affecting them.

Carers Trust South East Wales Young Carers Manager Lisa Thomas said: “It’s been amazing to hear from so many people about the different things they are doing to support young carers. We’ve all learned from each other and the group workshops have brought out some inspiring ideas that we will follow up on. Although today is about highlighting all that young carers do, our work is focused on ensuring young carers get the best possible support every day of the year.”