Young Carers

Young Carers

A young carer is someone under 18 and a Young adult carer is aged 16 to 25.

They help support and look after someone in their family, or a friend, who are ill, have a disability, mental health or substance misuse.

Many young people don't recognise themselves as carers.

What might a Young carer/ Young Adult 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.

Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up

  • It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.
  • Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.
  • 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.
  • It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self confidence
  • Recent research on young adult carers who were no longer in education showed their highest qualifications were GCSEs grade D–G.

(Carers trust)

Here are two videos highlighting what it is like to be a carer, please take a few minutes to watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZz0uU72eOo&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCmPlcXVTys

You might feel as if you’re the only young person that this happens to, you are not. There are lots of other young carers in the UK, and there are groups that can help you.

Friends and your social life

As a young carer, you may miss out on opportunities to play and spend time with your friends and classmates. You may feel isolated from your friends because:

  • you don't have as much free time as them
  • you're often thinking about the person you look after
  • you may be worried they will bully you

Being a young carer can make you stand out from other people, or you may find that you don't get included in certain activities.

It's important to get the help you need so that you have time to do the things you want to do and be with your friends.

You might feel as if you’re the only young person that this happens to, you are not. There are lots of other young carers in the UK, and there are groups that can help you.

Kooth

In Dorset young people care find support with their mental health with Kooth, a free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm

www.kooth.com

Dorset Young Carers Service

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/support-and-benefits-for-carers/being-a-young-carer-your-rights/

Bournemouth Young Carers Project
My Time Young Carers

https://www.mytimecharity.co.uk/time-for-young-carers.html

Family Information Directory

http://www.poolefamilyinformationdirectory.com/kb5/poole/fis/service.page?id=g6NptSrueAE

Dorset Mind

http://dorsetmindyourhead.co.uk/portfolio-item/young-carers-support-dorset/

ThinkNinja Child wellbeing

As a direct response to the COVID-19 crisis we have updated ThinkNinja with specific COVID-19 content. This will bring self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (10-18 years old) who maybe experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis.

https://www.healios.org.uk/services/thinkninja1

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