A group of young carers from Stockton have won a regional award for their commitment and dedication.
Young Carers Aloud!! from Eastern Ravens Trust in Stockton won the ‘Making a Difference’ category at the Positive Social Behaviour Order Awards.
The awards are hosted annually to recognise the positive contribution young people make in their communities.
Members of Young Carers Aloud!! all care for a member of their family who is affected by ill health.
The aim of the group is to raise awareness of young carers and their issues across Stockton Borough so young carers are listened to and included in decision making about their families’ care and support.
Up to 300 jobs are expected to be lost at Stockton Council over the next four years. It announced it has to make savings of £18 million by 2017.
As well as job losses, some services could be affected, including street cleaning, highway maintenance, and bus routes.
Since 2009, £22 million has been cut from its budget and 600 posts have gone.
The council says it will do everything possible to protect the most vulnerable people.