Young Carers Awareness Day

Posted by / Wednesday 27 January 2016 /
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We work with and support young carers across the UK, providing practical and emotional support to ensure they enjoy and achieve, just like their peers.

Young carers are children and young people under 18 years old who provide unpaid care to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.

We provide young carers with regular breaks, access to fun activities and opportunities to meet other young people in the same circumstances and most importantly, we provide relief from responsibilities for a while to allow our carers to enjoy being a child.

The 28th January marks the return of  Young Carers Awareness Daya national day of recognition for the 700,000 young carers in the UK who work around the clock providing care and support to family and friends.

To help spread the word of young carers across the UK we caught up with three of our YCs to hear how their lives have changed since working with us. 

 

Meet Catrin, Katie and Matthew.

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''From the age of 8 I started caring for my mum. I would have to get her up in the morning, I'd also have to get my brother up. And then after school I'd have to do all the chores because neither my mother or brother could do them.

Action for children gave me a chance to be a child again because they gave me trips out and time away from my caring role.

If you can find your nearest young carers service, please go and join it because it'll give you lots of support and you'll realise you're not alone and don't have to struggle."

 Catrin, young carer

 

Feeling inspired? Sign up to the Young Carers Awareness Day thunderclap here and help get everyone talking about the thousands of young carers in the UK. 

"Getting to meet other people with similar everyday problems is very reassuring and motivating for me. Before that I was very confused and wanted to know, 'Why me? Why do I have this kind of problem and none of my friends do.' But going out and realising there are quite a lot of people with similar problems and being able to meet and talk to them helped me a lot and made me more confident."

Matthew, Young Carer

Find out more about the work we do to support young carers here

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