I became a Young Carer at the age of 6 following my mother being diagnosed with a clinical Depressive Disorder. In 2006 my life would change forever when mother was left with a physical impairment from a domestic dispute with her ex-partner. At 9 years old I became her Primary Carer.
Tragedy struck when mother was involved in a road traffic accident leaving her with a new medical condition called Fibromyalgia ( a chronic pain and fatigue neurological disease).
In 2008 I went along to open days and took entrance examinations at two of Wales's most prestigious schools. I passed both examinations and was offered a place at both schools. I chose to attend The Cathedral School.
Through lack of support from the school, and other services I lost my place at The Cathedral School as my caring role became more demanding.
Building an online social media presence for myself caught the attention of Shout Magazine who featured a 2 page spread on my radio show radio, my co-host and the station building a national awareness of young carer roles.
During 2012 Black History Month Wales I was invited to be a guest speaker discussing the issues surrounding young caribbean boys in education in Wales.
In 2013 I won the BBC Rotary Great Britain and Ireland Young Citizens Award for my work in radio and as a young carer activist. I chose to donate the prize money back to the young carer organisation that had initially supported me during my hours of need.
It 's my hope to train other young carers in radio broadcast so they can tell their oral stories and have the same opportunities I have gained through media, help to alleviate the stress they have as a carer and further build an awareness of the need for more support from educational authorities and the government.
For a list of topics I discuss during seminars please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.