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Tuning in to this year's Young Carers Festival
The 14th Young Carers Festival begins today. The festival is an annual opportunity for more than 1000 young carers to meet, have fun and have a weekend away from their usual responsibilities.
While admission to this year's event is closed, there are ways to get involved to support young carers.
Visit the Young Carers in Focus website, a national campaign we're leading on to support young carers - if you know a young carer or are one, please get involved. The project enables young carers across the UK to share their experiences using a safe social networking site. They'll be sharing videos, photographs and blogs from the festival.
Reasons behind the festival
To find out more about young carers, earlier this year we released Hidden from View, a report that looks at who young carers are, their families and the effect caring can have on their lives. We also ran this interactive summary of the report.
You can also read about last year's festival, including details behind this image above of hundreds of young carers smashing the Guinness World Record of the most people wearing paper hats (they deserve bonus points for spelling 'YCiF', the abbreviaion of Young Carers in Focus), and a summary of the episode of BBC Radio 4's 'Any Questions?' that was recorded live on the first night of last year's festival.
This year's festival promises to fun, as well. A wonderful singer-songwriter, Abby Irwin will perform at the festival. Please have a look at her video introducing her song.
Abby also recently wrote a great blog post about her song 'Shy to be human', dedicated to young carers - she's a former young carer herself.