On 7 March, Carers Trust Scotland hosted an in-person conference with young carer services. The aim of this event was to disseminate the results achieved through the Together project and highlight the impact of the project on the lives of young carers. Our event also encouraged the continued use of the resources developed beyond March 2022. 16 practitioners from 12 services across Scotland attended, with five members of the Carers Trust Scotland team. Practitioners learned more about the Together project and participated in wider group discussions about whole family working.
Y Sort It Young Carers Service shared their experiences of piloting a whole family workshop and how this has inspired wider family working. Allison Donnelly, Young Carers Coordinator, shared examples of good practice including ‘Fun Family Fridays.’
Over The Wall are an organisation who deliver whole family camps across the UK. They also presented, via Zoom, to share this work with practitioners and invite referrals to their summer camps. Find out more about their face to face and camp at home experiences here: www.otw.org.uk
Evaluations of the event indicate that all attendees found the event informative, benefitted from wider group discussions and are interested to use the project materials in their own work. As this was Carers Trust Scotland’s first in-person event in two years, we were mindful about supporting practitioners’ participation. For those who were uncomfortable to attend in person, we have shared presentations and resources via email to 51 young carer services.