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Young carers could be given a new lease of life with technology to put their minds at ease.

Many teenagers have dreams of going to university, however those who look after a loved one often feel that such ambitions are out reach.

Medway Council’s Telecare Service can take some of the worry out of leaving a person in need alone, and allows people to live independently.

An event held on Monday, 17 February gave some young carers living in Medway had a chance to see how the service could potential change their lives.

Young carers together with councillors and representatives from charity Carers First, took a look at the technology available such as sensors to detect falls, whether someone is in bed, whether someone has taken their medication and much more.

Every sensor is programmed to a small Telecare base unit that is linked to a telephone line, which is installed by in-house engineers.

In the event of activation, a trained operator from Medway Control Centre will talk to the client over the Telecare base unit in their home to assess the situation and put the most appropriate response in place, whether that be contacting a family member, neighbour, doctor, mobile warden or emergency services.

Rhiannon Johnson, 15 has been a carer for five years now, and was impressed with the technology.

She said: “This would really benefit me because I could be in my room or be with my friends leading a normal teenage life, and if mum had a fall I would be notified and I wouldn’t be worrying the whole time I was out.”

When an alert is sent to the control centre via sensors in the home, the individual’s primary carer is informed by the Telecare team.

16-year-old Charlotte Liddle has dreams of going to university but is unsure about leaving her mum.

She said: “This technology could help me feel more at ease going to university, knowing that there is a support system in place when I’m not there would be really helpful.

“Before I thought it would be really hard for me to go away and study, but now it seems as though it is possible and my mum will still be supported.”

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Services Cllr David Brake said: “These facilities are most useful and designed to help those in need of support. If young carers know their family members are being looked after and supported it enables them to have more time for themselves doing the things that lots of young people do and take as a matter of course.”

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Pupils and students across Medway have been learning the rules of the road thanks to Medway Council’s Road Safety Team.

The team were at Mid Kent College’s recent Fresher’s Week to discuss drink drive issues, demonstrate new roadside moped enforcement and provide useful resources such as crash cards, biker safety packs and hi visibility hats to more than 130 young people.

The team has also visited Cuxton Infant and Junior Schools to answer parent’s road safety questions and listen to their views and concerns.

James Sutton, Safer Journeys Officer, said: “It was positive to see so many parents consciously leave their cars at home and walk. There was lots of interest in setting up a walking bus or park and stride scheme. We are optimistic we can support these schemes to get people walking and reducing the number of cars outside of the school gates.”

The Safer Journeys Team are available to provide road safety advice, support and information on a variety of topics including, child car seats, walking buses, the driving medical standards and road skills for young pedestrians. If you would like some specific road safety related advice please take a look at or email

Young performers from Medway and across the southeast will be taking to the stage next week to showcase their musical talents and support the homeless. More

Talented young people from all over Medway are ready to storm the Castle Concerts stage at this year’s Under Siege concert on Sunday, 17 July. More


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