AVAH – Vale of Glamorgan Young Carers Forum, YMCA Cardiff
AVAH (All Voices Are Heard) is a young carers forum within the Vale of Glamorgan. The forum was set up to give all young people with a caring responsibility a voice and to empower them to make change and a difference in their community. AVAH meets monthly and discusses the challenges and limitations that young carers have and we work together to find solutions that would be best suited to all carers.
Since AVAH, a homework club was developed for young carers as a young people were finding it difficult to balance both school and caring responsibilities. Many of our young carers were doing school work within youth club making them miss out on socialising and having a break from caring. This homework club was created by young carers for young carers has given them time to focus on school and then have fun afterwards. The forum is a great opportunity for young carers to voice their thoughts and opinions and make a real change in their community.
“AVAH is like another family to us”-Young Person/ Forum Attendee.