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Young Carers

Young Carers

Many young people provide care for another person. As a young carer you may feel you are missing out on other opportunities as you have to spend so much time and energy caring for family members who are disabled or chronically ill, or for adults who are misusing alcohol or drugs. Many young carers suffer from anxiety and exhaustion because of the pressure of taking on adult responsibilities. You are not alone there are about 700,000 young carers across the country (Carer’s Trust).

As a young carer you might help with:

  • practical tasks like cooking, housework and shopping
  • physical tasks, like getting out of bed
  • personal care, such as helping someone get washed or dressed
  • giving medicine
  • looking after brothers and sisters

Sometimes young carers can face extra pressures and struggle to look after themselves, but it is important to take the time to look after your own well-being.

Many young carers experience difficulties due to the added stresses that come with their caring responsibilities. It is important you take care of yourself and look after your well-being. The Children’s Society has useful resources for young carers that can help and support.

The Children’s Society:

  • have contacts and a database of young carers projects across England
  • organise training events and regional conferences
  • organise the annual Young Carers Festival
  • have online resources for practitioners to identify and support young carers and their families
  • support children and young people to have their voices heard within Parliament and  present to Ministers
  • support over 200 young carer ‘Champions’ to communicate and share their stories and advocate for the things that matter most to them in the Young Carers in Focus

 

Local young carers groups across Hampshire:

Find your local group and get in touch through the Hampshire Young Carers Alliance.