Free symposium focused on young carers
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The first Quebec-based free symposium focused on young carers will be held Friday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Le Centre de Ressources Communautaire de Côte-des Neiges (CRC), 6767 Côte-des Neiges. This event is organized by AMIQuébec. A growing number of young people provide an increasing level of unpaid care to family member(s) with chronic illness, disability, mental health or substance use issue and/or problems related to old age. So far very little attention has been paid to these youth in Quebec, with no dedicated support services or policies acknowledging their care-work. The symposium is aimed at putting young carers on the map. The symposium program includes an overview of the issue, the evolution of a young carers project in Ontario, research projects in Quebec, a cultural perspective, a testimonial of a young carer and a panel discussion. This symposium is by invitation and space is limited. Participants include representatives from the education, health and community sectors, as well as policy makers. Please confirm your participation by February 15 at amiquebec.org/conference19/.