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Nominated for Critical (key) worker award

Trudy Fisher, from Mountain Ash, is the co-ordinator of the RCT Young Carers project.

The project supports young carers who are aged between 5 and 18 and offers one-to-one support, various group activities and workshops, residential breaks and links young carers into inclusive community activities.

During lockdown, she ensured that every young carer who was part of the project had all the help and support they needed. She spent hours making care packages and delivering them to families in need, she helped secure grants for electricity and food for those most severely affected by the pandemic.

At Easter, she delivered more than 100 Easter eggs to children, organised weekly zoom sessions, played online bingo with the children and families and organised prizes to raise their morale. At Christmas, she organised gifts and food vouchers for every family too.

In normal times, she dedicates hours of her time to raising money to take children on trips and activities, organises monthly groups and safe places for young carers to come and have downtime from their hard caring roles. She ensures that families aren’t socially isolated, that young carers have a voice and raises awareness through Rhondda Cynon Taff and further afield.