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Catrin Parry -Rowlands– 18, Young Carer in North Wales

Catrin is a young woman who has been caring for her father since she was a child. As a young carer Catrin helps her dad by keeping the house clean, taking him out, helping with the dogs and making his food. Being a young carer can be very demanding and although Catrin wouldn’t have it any other way her duties started to affect her school work because she couldn’t concentrate. She was referred to Action for Children five years ago and with the charity’s support has found that she is able to cope better with the demands of a young carer, and has even become a young ambassador.

Catrin said: “Once I was referred, I had so much more support. I was able to talk to someone when I got stressed or was struggling with something at school – I really started to believe in myself.

“As my confidence grew, I became more social and was encouraged to apply to become one of Action for Children’s Young Ambassadors. I thought that the experience would be good, wanted the opportunity meet other people, and travel the country. My role as a Young Ambassador is interesting but I wanted became a peer mentor so that I got to support other young people that use Action for Children’s services.

“Without the support from Action for Children, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”

Find out what else our Young Ambassadors have been up to here.

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