What is a Young Carer?
A young carer is someone who provides help and support to a relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness or disability. Very often students do not recognise themselves as ‘young carers’; they are just family members, who find themselves in a caring situation, sometimes suddenly, sometimes gradually, and simply get on with what needs to be done.
A young carer may not always live with the person they care for, but their help may be essential in enabling that person to go on living independently.
It can help to know that you are a young carer; it is a way of recognising that what you are doing is a very important job. Caring can sometimes be demanding, both physically and emotionally. It may help to know that your work is recognised by others, and that there are services available to help support you in your role.
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.
www.gaddumcentre.co.uk/ - this charity provide health and wellbeing services to young people in Greater Manchester
https://carers.org/about-caring/about-young-carers - The Carers Trust support for young carers