Gil helps to promote young carers’ services

Gil Paterson CHAS
Gil Paterson CHAS

Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson met Scotland’s young carer mascots Eryc and Trayc when they visited the Scottish Parliament to emphasise the importance of supporting young carers’ services.

Eryc and Trayc were created by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers with funding from the Scottish Government last year. The characters bring to life in cartoon form the story of a boy and a girl who are looking after relatives.

There are about 100,000 young carers in Scotland - roughly one in 10 of the school population.

As part of the project, the Trust also created a toolkit for teachers which contains learning materials, lesson plans and assembly ideas teachers can use with pupils.

Mr Paterson said: “I was delighted to meet Eric and Trayc at the Parliament as they symbolise the incredible and invaluable work done by young carers throughout Scotland.

“Children will relate to these cartoon characters and help them to realise that there is help out there for them too.”

For more information go to www.erycandtrayc.com