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Raising awareness of young carers and young adult carers who look after someone

Young Carers Awareness Day is taking place on 30 January 2020!

Each year Carers Trust organises Young Carers Awareness Day to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by children and young people because of their caring role, and campaigns for more support for them.

Recent research shows that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer. Caring for someone can be challenging, isolating and stressful, and for young carers this can have a negative impact on their experiences and outcomes in education.

So, this year Young Carers Awareness Day is calling on all education providers to do more to identify young carers and ensure that they receive recognition, information and support.

Who are young carers and young adult carers?

Young carers are children and young people aged between 5-18 who look after someone in their family who is ill, disabled, has mental health problems or is misusing drugs or alcohol. They take on practical and emotional caring responsibilities that can have a huge impact on their life.

Young adult carers are young people aged between 16-25 who care for someone, and are not employed to do this, who is ill, disabled, has mental health problems or is misusing drugs or alcohol. Young adult carers often face challenges of their own because of their age and circumstances, and taking on a caring role whilst transitioning into adulthood. 

View our #WeCareToo animations to understand what it is really like to have a caring role as a young person

See how we support young carers in Newcastle.

See how we support young adult carers in Newcastle.

What might young carers and young adult carers do?

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking or shopping
  • Physical care, such as helping the person they care for to get out of bed
  • Giving emotional support to the person they care for, such as talking and being there when the person is distressed and anxious
  • Personal care, such as helping the person they care for to dress 
  • Collecting prescriptions 
  • Looking after brothers and sisters

How can you support Young Carers Awareness Day?

Young carers and young adult carers often put their own needs second in order to look after someone. This Young Carers Awareness Day support the Count Me In! campaign by Carers Trust and encourage education providers to identify and support young carers - start the conversation today! Connect with local schools and colleges and help raise awareness of young people who have a caring role - to help you, use the useful resources below!

As part of the #CountMeIn campaign we sent over 90 information packs to schools and colleges in Newcastle about Young Carers Awareness Day, young carers and young adult carers, and where young people with a caring role can get support.

Get involved on social media with #CountMeIn and #YoungCarersAwarenessDay

Useful Resources: