Thursday 31st January 2019 is Young Carers Awareness Day.
The purpose of the day is to increase awareness and knowledge of what it means to be a young carer and to highlight the challenges young people face because of their caring role.
A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family who has an illness or disability, or who misuses drugs or alcohol. Young carers can be responsible for a range of tasks including cooking, housework, administering medicine, looking after siblings, physical care and emotional support. 1 in 5 children in secondary school have some kind of caring role and it is estimated that there are over 1000 young carers on island.
Our Young Carers project is designed to give young people a break away from their caring responsibilities, and our weekly sessions give them time to be themselves, meet other young people, get support and have fun.
Being a young carer can be extremely difficult for a young person, and on Young Carers Awareness Day we will be celebrating our island’s young carers and the work they do.
If you would like to find out more about young carers or our Young Carers project, then please get in touch.