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Young carers campaign backed by Scottish Borders Council

A national campaign to help young carers receive more help from the government has been backed by the Scottish Borders Council.

Three teenagers from the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) lobbied councillors for their support today, 26 June.

The SYP 'Care. Fair. Share' campaign aims to ensure young carers are treated fairly by society and in government policies.

Finlay Duff, 18 from Jedburgh, Scott Redmond from Hawick and Nicola Pringle from Oxton, both 17, are all part of the SYP and went to the council for their support.

“A young carer is defined as someone under the age of 25 who has a significant role in providing care, often to a relative – parent or sibling - who is experiencing physical or mental illness, disability, substance misuse or other needs. There is estimated to be over 100,000 young carers in Scotland. This is nearly 10% of all school aged children.”

– Nicola Pringle, Member of Scottish Youth Parliament

Finlay and Nicola gave a presentation to Scottish Borders Council members this morning, 26 June, who offered their support for the motion.

“I am delighted to have the support of Scottish Borders Council. This is an important step in shedding light and addressing this important issue and the needs of young carers. Today’s motion is an important milestone and extends the hard work that we have put in to this campaign as members of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and I am glad to see change happening as a direct result of this commitment.”

– Finlay Duff, Member of Scottish Youth Parliament