SPSW Social Work lecturer Ed Robson takes on 3 peaks challenge for York Young Carers

Posted on 25 May 2017

Ed follows up last year's marathon challenge and swaps trainers for walking boots

Ed Robson - 3 peaks challenge

Ed writes:

"This July I will be attempting to climb the Three Peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell Peak and Snowdon) in 24 hours and have chosen to do this as a way of raising money for York’s Young Carers.

In my past professional life, I managed young carers support projects in Hull and the East Riding. Children as young as five could find themselves in a caring role for either parents or siblings, who were suffering from an illness or disability.

Last year I completed the York Marathon, raising money for the York Carers Centre, but this time wanted to:

  • Complete a challenge that didn’t involve running (!) and
  • Focus on a group of people that still, sadly, fall ‘under the radar’

Whilst these children and young people were clearly able to identify positive aspects to being a carer, the role could have a negative impact in terms of their education, physical and mental health, friendships and career aspirations.

One of the real problems we continue to face is that huge numbers of young carers have not been identified – but once they have been identified, support can be put in place to help reduce their caring burden and ensure that they don’t miss out on school and a social life.

A key role of a young carers support service is to provide leisure activities, giving young people a break from their caring responsibilities.

When I offered to raise money for young carers in York, the one thing I did say was that I wanted any funds raised to go towards the young carers having some fun!"