Young carer group folds after 15 years

The Young Carer’s Network have claimed a lack of council support was behind their decision to cease operations in East Dunbartonshire.

However, council chiefs have hit back at the claim

A representative from the YCN said ‘ongoing difficulties’ between their management and East Dunbartonshire Council staff led to last month’s closure, after 15 years in the community.

In a letter to its members, the group said: “We are sorry for the impact on the young carers who currently use the service but the management team has decided they can no longer work with the council.

“[This is]...due in part to a lack of support from council staff and increasing demands on a small group of staff and volunteers.”

The Herald made several unsuccessful attempts to contact the YCN to clarify the reasons behind their decision, although it is thought that issues of funding had been at the centre of the dispute.

However, East Dunbartonshire Council have argued the withdrawal of services was the group’s decision.

Director of education Gordon Currie said: “We have been working over the past months with the Young Carers Network to address a number of identified issues within that service. Following a recent meeting, YCN have decided unilaterally to withdraw from that process and to cease operation.

“At no time have council officers suggested or threatened closure or cessation of funding.

“The decision to cease operation has been taken entirely within the consideration of the YCN themselves.”