Release me from jail to help raise money for Kernow Young Carers

Please help by giving a little bit of cash to release me from jail.  Alternatively, pay money to keep me in jail – this might raise more money… Yes, I know it is a strange request, but this is in aid of a good cause. The cause is for Kernow Young Carers.

The punishment of being jailed is not because I have done anything wrong, however, it is in the hope that friends and colleagues will donate money and help to raise money to support young carers in Cornwall.

I will not be the only one to be arrested in aid of this great cause, as the Chairman of Cornwall Council, Ann Kerridge; Jim McKenna, the Cabinet Member for Adult Care; Pat Rogerson, Chairman of the Young People Policy Advisory Committee and Sally Hawken, Vice Chairman Young People Policy Advisory Committee will all be captured by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and to ‘go directly to jail’ at County Hall on Friday 18 November.

All the captured Councillors will have access to a mobile phone and e-mail during their time in jail which they will be able to use to contact people to help raise money in aid of Kernow Young Carers, the Chairman’s official charity this year.

Kernow Young Carers, an Action for Children project, is committed to working with children and young people to make the caring role a more positive experience by offering support, information and guidance, activities and trips, short breaks, school groups, training and educational sessions and local young carers forums.  Every penny raised by the Councillors during this year’s Jail Break event will go towards a fund which directly supports young carers in Cornwall.

Anyone interested in supporting this worthy cause, can donate money to release the five Councillors (or if they wish – to keep them locked up for the duration of their sentence) via their individual Just Giving pages which have been set up for the challenge:

Andrew Wallis:

Ann Kerridge:

Jim McKenna:

Pat Rogerson:

Sally Hawken:








The Chairman of Cornwall Council helps raise money for Young Carers in Cornwall.

The first fundraiser took place in Tuesday 28th October for the Chairman of Cornwall Council’s chosen charity, Young Carers. This fundraiser was by means of a car wash at County Hall, Truro.

The car-washers included volunteers from
Children’s Services, Action for Children – who are commissioned to run Kernow Young Carers – Young Carers themselves, staff from a Daycare Centre in Liskeard, firemen from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and of course the Chairman of Cornwall Council, Councillor John Wood.

During the event, the eager car-washers washed 58 cars and raised £657.84 (£526.27 cash and £131.57 gift aid). This is a fantastic amount raised for the first fundraising event.

Well done to all who gave up their time and to those who gave money to have their car washed to raise money for this very worthwhile cause.

Young Carers in Cornwall and the Chairman’s Charity

Young Carers are often a forgotten group to the wider public. Currently Cornwall has 550 known young carers, up from roughly 250 18 months ago. Estimates suggest (Census 2011) that there were a total of 1,217 young people aged 0-15 providing unpaid care in Cornwall and a further 2,682 aged 16 to 24. Young carers often do not come forward as they see nothing unusual about their role and its part of their family life.

Historically the funding for the young carer’s service came from the old Carer’s Grant from Central Government which ended in the last comprehensive Spending Review in 2012/13. However, the Council sees the importance in continuing to support Young Carers and commissions a support service for young carers run by Action for Children. This service has just celebrated its second year of operation. 

Further support to Young Carers has now been given by the Chairman of Cornwall Council John Wood who has made Young Carers his chairman’s charity for the next year. I really welcome this and huge credit should be given to John for his support. Having spoke to John he wants to raise awareness of this group and help raise money via events. It is great to have John’s support.

Young Carers need all the support they can get as The Children’s Society report “Hidden from View” (2013) revealed that:

  • 1 in 12 young carers is caring for more than 15 hours per week. Around 1 in 20 misses school because of caring responsibilities
  • Young carers are 1.5 times more likely than their peers to be from black, Asian or minority ethnic communities, and are twice as likely to not speak English as their first language
  • Young carers are 1.5 times more likely than their peers to have a special educational need or a disability
  • The average annual income for families with a young carer is £5000 less than families who do not have a young carer.
  • There is no strong evidence that young carers are more likely than their peers to come into contact with support agencies, despite government recognition that this needs to happen.
  • Young carers have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level, the equivalent to nine grades lower overall than their peers e.g. the difference between nine B’s and nine C’s.
  • Young carers are more likely than the national average to be not in education, employment or training (NEET) between the ages of 16 and 19.

Furthermore, statistics show that the number of young carers is increasing. Figures from the 2011 census revealed that there are 16,118 people between the age of 5-17 years providing unpaid care in the South West, compared with 11,883 in 2001 – an increase of more than a third (36 per cent) over the decade. This is the second highest increase in the UK, second only to the South East which saw a 41% rise.

To contact Kernow Young Carers, call 01209 204565 / 01872 321486 or their website Kernow Young Carers

Cornwall’s Young Carers Family Fun Day

On Saturday, I attended  the second Family Fun Day organised by Action for Children, Kernow Young Carers service at The Wadebridge Showground. The day was enjoyed by almost 150 children, young people, aged 3-18 and their families. I have to say the day was seen to be a huge success with plenty for everyone to do from cuddling a snake or holding a giant owl to face painting, a dance workshop, climbing wall and BBQ. As well as being staffed by members of the team from Action for Children, local volunteers from the service were also there to lend a hand.

During the event it was good to see two of Cornwall’s MP’s attend. Thanks to Dan Rogerson and Sarah Newton for taking the time to visit and see the good work by Action for Children and Kernow Young Carers.

The event would not have been the success without the support of  various organisations and performers.  Music was provided by Tom James, entertainment by Swamp Circus and Flava as well as stalls from Cornwall Food Foundation and the Wave Project as well as a range of arts and crafts activities, a climbing wall, skate ramp and bouncy castle.  Thanks should also go to Mark’s Arc and is animals. I saw many children and their families getting to hold some of Mark’s animal. The most popular was the python. snake

Particular thanks go to Wadebridge Rotary Club who provided the BBQ, food (free of charge) and the volunteers who worked hard all day to make sure everyone had drinks and food. The Flava Dance group provided both entertainment and a dance workshop which were hugely popular and to top it off, The Moorlanders Motor Cycle Club drove in on their motor bikes and presented a cheque to Action for Children for £1000.

Kernow Young Carers service is commissioned by Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow and is a service which is growing day by day as more children and young people are supported by the service. As well as the fun day, there are holiday activities, support in schools, local support groups and some one to one support for those who need it most.

If you would like to know more than please visit our website: