Invitation to the European Parliament Interest Group on Carers
On behalf of the European Parliament Informal Carers Interest Group and Eurocarers, we would like to warmly invite you to our next meeting, taking place between 10.00 and 12.00 on 25 September 2019 in the European Parliament.
The topic will be “Enabling young carers to pursue their goals in life: Converting research findings into policy actions” and the Draft Agenda is now available (added on 13 Sept. 2019).
Young carers are ‘children and young persons under 18 who provide significant or intend to provide care, assistance or support to family members or friends, who are frail, elderly, have an addiction or any other long-term care needs’.
As highlighted during a previous meeting of the Interest Group on this topic, policymakers still are largely unaware of the challenges faced by young carers and the possible measures to prevent or overcome these – rather than unwilling to address the situation.
This is why the meeting aims to raise awareness on this topic and to bridge the gap between research and policy, by sharing the findings of the EU Horizon2020 funded Me-We Project (Psychosocial Support for Promoting Mental Health and Well-being among Adolescent Young Carers in Europe). The project partners will share the main research findings a as well as their policy implications. Policy briefs at European and country specific level (Italy, the UK, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and Slovenia) will be presented.
Members of the Eurocarers Young Carers Working Group – experts by experience- will explain why there is the need to take action now and will present their plans are for a EU-wide campaign to support young carers.
The meeting will bring together policymakers, NGOs and professionals from educational, health, social care fields and other interested parties. A draft programme is being developed and will be sent to you as soon as possible.
You can register to the event in here at latest on 15 September 2019.
With many thanks in advance for your attention and interest,
Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP
Luke Flanagan MEP
Sari Tervonen, President Eurocarers
Stecy Yghemonos, Executive Director, Eurocarers