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Young Carers Awareness Day

Thursday 31st January 2019 - Young Carers Awareness Dayyoung carers logo

As a community with multiple young carers we would like to acknowledge National Young Carers Awareness Day. This is a day organised by the Carers Trust, to raise awareness of the vital role that they play in supporting their sick and disabled family members.

A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

What might a young carer do? 

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
  • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
  • Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed. 
  • Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
  • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
  • Helping to give medicine.
  • Helping someone communicate. 
  • Looking after brothers and sisters.

Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up 

  • It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.
  • Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.
  • In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.
  • 26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role.
  • 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.

But young people can learn lots of useful skills by being a young carer.

How we support young carers

Carers Trust helps young carers to cope with their caring role through specialised services across the UK.

Students in the Bromley area can get support from Bromley Well Young Carers. Check out their latest newsletter to see how they have been supporting our local young carers. If you don't live in the Bromley area and are a young carer you can enter your postcode here to find your local suport team.

These services are delivered by Carers Trust Network Partners, which are independent charities offering young carers the chance to be young people free from their caring responsibilities through trusted activities, clubs, outings, holidays and one-to-one support.  

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