Young Carers Awareness Day Life Chances Of UKs Forgotten Young Carers Dashed

 Thousands of children and young people across the country, some as young as five-years-old, are caring for family members - compromising their future life chances and dreams.

On 26 January 2017 it is Carers Trust’s annual Young Carers Awareness Day. The UK’s largest charity for unpaid carers is highlighting the issues these 700,000 young carers face to get them the support they desperately need.

Some carers are as young as five or six-years-old. Most care for a parent or other close family member, day in, day out, and at least 13,000 young carers are providing care for over 50 hours a week on top of their studies.

We want schools across the UK to help identify and support young carers, and teachers and other professionals can help spot the signs of caring, leading to swift identification of young carers – ensuring they get vital support.

Working alongside the children, they can also help in many other ways -

  • Host an assembly – why not invite a local carers service to give a short talk
  • Encourage children to dress up! What would they like to be when they grow up? Pay £2 and wear it on Young Carers Awareness Day.
  • Put up a display on your school noticeboard
  • Have a stall – include Babble and Matter postcards, posters and Life in a Spin interactive game on a laptop, donation bucket for £2 coins
  • Designate an area of your school’s website to Young Carers Awareness Day
  • Put up a Young Carers Awareness Day poster
  • Get involved in our PopJam campaign
  • Find out more about more about Young Carers in Schools programme, a free England-wide initiative that makes it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers, and awards good practice www.youngcarersinschools.com

Gail Scott-Spicer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, says; “Many young carers don’t even realise they are a carer and that there is support out there for them. We know young carers are missing on average 10 weeks of school a year as a direct result of their caring role, and those aged between 16 and 18 years are twice as likely to be not in education, employment or training (NEET).

“Being a young carer should not mean that a child’s future hopes, dreams, and ambitions are dashed because they are caring for a family member.

“We must make sure young carers get the support they need so they can enjoy their childhoods like any other young person and achieve their ambitions. On Young Carers Awareness Day, Carers Trust wants to reach hidden young carers up and down the UK, who desperately need our help.”

Carers Trust helps almost 40,000 young carers and young adult carers (up to the age of 24) to cope with their caring role through specialised services, online support through carers.org,  online support forums for young carers at babble.carers.org and matter.carers.org – plus a network of 150 centres across the UK.

How can you support and get involved in Young Carers Awareness Day

·         Visit carers.org/ycad for more details

·         Text to give - Text YCAD17 £3 to 70070 to donate to Carers Trust and make a difference today to support vital services for young carers.

     
   
   
 
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