Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart is backing the Honeypot Campaign - For Children Who Care. Honeypot, a children’s charity, is leading a campaign to recognise the specific needs of children aged between 5 and 12 who care for a family member and they launched their campaign in Parliament where Fiona signed a pledge to recognise the challenges faced by young carers.
Speaking at the event, Simmi Woodwal, Chief Executive of Honeypot said:
“I am delighted that so many MPs and Peers have made time in their busy schedules to support our launch event. Young carers is a hidden problem in many communities and there are children as young as five who are spending more of their time caring for a parent or a sibling than playing or learning. At Honeypot we do what we can to give these kids a break and to offer them happy childhood experiences. But we can only do so much. I am really excited that MPs are now engaging on this issue and look forward to working with MPs from all parties to ensure that the government recognises the needs of child carers.”
“This was a great opportunity to learn from the Honeypot campaign about the work they do which is so important. Young people who care have great responsibilities placed on them at a very early age and simple things like breaks and birthday cards and Christmas presents are so important. I’m happy to support this campaign.”