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We're young carers! Merton Young Carers!

Merton Young Carers started Youth Act training in May 2008, and almost immediately knew what issue they wanted to focus upon. After initial sessions on identifying the needs in the local community, they agreed what was all close to them, was the lack of understanding and knowledge about young carers.

Project started: May 2008

Through careful sessions on assessing all the main aspects of their issue, Merton Young Carers agreed upon campaigning to raise the awareness of what young carers are, hoping that in turn this will reduce the bullying of carers in schools.

Attending a residential weekend in Wales in late May, the group were determined to really strengthen their campaign and develop as a group. They have since made a short film about what a young carer is and they plan to show this to year 6 students in 4 local primary schools.

Currently they are researching the main factors of bullying and identifying issues that lead to bullying such of lack of understanding. The group have decided to focus on teaching primary school students about young carers in the hope that when they join secondary school they are less likely to bully those different to them. They are also planning to speak to their Local Education Authorities about young carers and bullying, in the hope they can influence policy changes.

Watch this space for updates on how their presentations to year 6 goes !

Youth Act training and campaigns are running throughout London. A national Youth Act Train the Trainers programme is also available. Please contact the Youth Act team for more information 020 7566 5033 or email Ade Sofola (

This project is based on the internationally successful Youth Act! programme of street law begun by Street Law Inc in the United States (, which has campaigned to increase provision for homeless people, challenge discrimination and reduce gun crime.

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