North West Norfolk MP meets young carers

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SPEADA’s Young Carers Group in Terrington St Clement were paid a visit by North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham who spent time learning about the important work of the group.

The visit was organised in the run-up to Youth Work Week 2014, November 3-9, by the National Youth Agency, who called on MPs nationwide to visit local youth groups.

Youth worker Carly Hain said: “It was a pleasure to have Mr Bellingham visit us at our Young Carers club. He made a real effort to speak with all of our young people asking them about experiences with our charity and the youth service, as well as taking the time to talk to all of our volunteers, too. One of our young carers, Conor, just so happened to be learning about local politics and parties at school and Mr Bellingham very kindly recorded some information about his party and constituency for Connor to use as part of his project.

“It was great to have Mr Bellingham at our club so that he could see the work youth workers do first hand and for him to see just how much this is needed in our local communities.”

The group, which supports young carers aged seven to 19-years-old, spent the time making mini-pizzas, with help from Mr Bellingham who donned a chef’s hat and apron.

He said: “Youth workers do a great deal to support young people. They build up young people’s confidence, and help to develop skills which are very important when looking for work. They help people to develop into productive members of society who have a positive impact on their communities. I’m happy to back Youth Work Week because I’m proud of the contribution that our youth workers make in North West Norfolk.”

Mr Bellingham is pictured with the Young Carers, with Carly Hain seated centre. Picture submitted