This weeks news item we are delighted to welcome our new Trustee, Ingrid Bradford.
Ingrid said “I have lived experience of being young carer and became involved in Norfolk Family Carers because I really wanted to give back to services which helped me so much as a child.
I attended a young carers group when I was younger and I found the support invaluable. It was so helpful to be around other young people who had similar home lives to myself, and understood the challenges that come with caring for someone. It was a space which allowed us to completely switch off from these challenges but to also be supported if we wanted to speak about them.
The groups gave me an opportunity to build my skills, confidence and most importantly have fun! Attending groups was something I would always look forward to, it was nice to have a place to be myself without any worries or stress. The support from the charities helped me to feel listened to and validated which I feel is very important for young carers.
I would recommend young carers groups to any young carer offered the opportunity. It’s a place to be yourself, have fun and access good support”.
Ingrid also works as a nurse in the NHS but when she does get some spare time, loves spending time with family and taking her dog, Fudge, out on walks.