0:10 The Supporting Young Carers Project is based across Gwynedd and Anglesey.
0:16 It’s unique because we support both areas together,
0:20 and make the most of the resources we have over the two locations to help us support young carers.
0:26 The Welsh Government started a scheme to recognise young carers in the community and created an ID card,
0:34 but here in Gwynedd and Anglesey we decided to create an app to accompany the card.
0:38 The app is incredibly unique because it’s available in Welsh.
0:42 When the children use the app,
0:44 they can send a message
0:46 to their support person at school
0:49 to let them know what they need help with at the time.
0:52 If it's help with schoolwork or if they need to speak to somebody.
0:56 And using the app means that they don't have to explain
0:59 their story over and over
1:00 and perhaps be questioned about it.
1:03 There are many hidden young carers out there,
1:06 and what we hope to do
1:08 by raising awareness of the app and the ID card
1:11 is to find those hidden young carers
1:14 and give them the recognition that they need.
1:16 In school before I had the ID card
1:18 whenever I would be late for school without a reason,
1:21 when it would be for caring,
1:23 I'd get in trouble. But when I had the card
1:25 it made it much more easier
1:27 because it was easy to just flash the card at my teachers
1:30 and the teachers would understand the situation.
1:33 Without the app it would be difficult
1:35 because I'd have to actually
1:37 go and describe to the teachers why I was late.
1:40 It's changed my life.
1:42 It's so much easier to describe to school.
1:44 One of the things that we do is offer young carer groups
1:48 where young carers can meet outside in the community
1:52 with other young carers of a similar age,
1:54 taking part in activities of interest to them.
1:57 We can't change circumstances at home for them,
2:00 but we can try and make life a little bit easier
2:02 and make sure that they have a childhood.