Young Carers Awareness Day

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Young Carers Awareness Day is a national day of recognition for the 700,000 young carers in the UK who work around the clock providing care and support to family and friends.

Young carers look out for people who need help and often they do this in silence. Although there are reported to be 700,000 young carers in the UK the reality is that there are hundreds if not thousands more who look after loved ones but none of their friends or teachers are aware of what they do.

So what does a young carer do? Well this can range from simple household tasks like cooking, cleaning and washing to more complex tasks like paying the household bills and financial management as well as personal care and possibly dispensing medication and collecting prescriptions.

Some of the possible downsides to being a young carer could be that you miss out on opportunities to be a child and do what all their mates are doing. According to 80% of young carers are missing out on childhood experiences because they are looking after family or friends.

To get a more detailed idea of what a young carer’s life is like watch Izzie’s Story below, not only is it a great film it is also award winning as Izzie and the team who helped make the film won a LAFTA Award last year. And in many schools across Lincolnshire today the film will be shown in assemblies to raise awareness, did they show it in your school?

There will be lots about Young Carers Awareness Day in the news today and if you want to get involved on social media search for #MissingOut.

Molly, Lita, Katie

Walton Newsroom