Their Starbucks Youth Action group, Eighteen Plus is a group for young adults aged between eighteen and twenty five that cares for someone in their family that has a disability or mental health problem. EighteenPlus was started in February 2012 when Starbucks Youth Action awarded the group £3000 to start a monthly support group. Their Activities have included day trips such as bowling where carers can just relax and talk with people that understand the pressures of being a young carer. Each month the group attracts over 40 young carers.
Their exciting trip started with an overnight stay in London before getting up very early to head to the Radio 1 studios to spend the day filming a documentary about their experiences of being young carers. At the end of the day they met with presenters Fearne Cotton and Scott Mills, they were also surprised by an appearance from Oritse Williams from JLS who was also a young carer from the age of 11.
One member of the group Carina 19 said "Our group has been fantastic, we have been building people's confidence getting people away from isolation and mental health issues, which is good for young carers and also a lot of fun!"
After their radio experience at BBC Radio 1 the group was contacted by 'BBC Bristol' and 'Point West' a local news channel, who met with the group to do more filming to promote the documentary. They visited the young carers at home to see what everyday life was like for them. They also interviewed family members on the importance of having the support of their carers.
The Starbucks Youth Action is now in its second year of funding local community projects through UK Youth and its network. The project funds and supports young people to improve their local communities and aims to encourage and inspire a generation of young people to take action and create positive local change.
Photo shows young carers, Radio 1's Greg James and Ortise from JLS!