Young Carers Awareness day 2020

Young Carers Awareness day falls on Thursday January 30 and aims to raise awareness of the challenges faced by young carers.

Action for Young Carers provides a free and confidential service to support young carers in Nottingham.

Roz Lynch, Service Manager at AYC Nottingham, said: “We want to get the message out there- make people aware that young carers exist and ensure they get the recognition they deserve.”

Funded by Nottingham City Council, the organisation helps young carers by providing them with a chance to ‘get together, have fun and access the help they need’.

The organisation are holding a family event on February 1 at Kirk Hallam Community Centre where you can meet the AYC team or other young carers.

A young carer is anyone under 18 who cares unpaid for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.

According to a 2019 report by the Carers Trust, as many as one in five children and young people are young carers across the UK.

“WE CAN TRY AND SUPPORT YOUNG CARERS BEFORE THEY ARE IMPACTED PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY”
ROZ LYNCH, SERVICE MANAGER AT ACTION FOR YOUNG CARERS NOTTINGHAM

Roz said: Raising awareness is so important so that we can try and support young carers before they are impacted physically and mentally.”

Many children make sacrifices and miss out on parts of their childhood to help a parent which can negatively impact their experiences and outcomes in education.

Saying that the stress faced by young carers often means they do not have good school attendance, Roz added: “All children and young people are entitled to spend time with friends and have an education. We have a duty of care to make sure that they can do this.”

Young Carers Awareness Day is calling for people to proactively identify young carers and ensure they receive the recognition and support they need.

Roz said: “The bottom line is, if the right support is in place, we can turn all young carers lives into success stories.”

At Action for Young Carers Nottingham, you can:

  • Meet up with other young carers
  • Take part in organised activities
  • Get help when you need it
  • Take a break from your caring role
  • Tell them what you would find helpful
  • Get your voice heard
  • Take part in family activities
  • Request a statutory young carers assessment

The campaign encourages everyone to get involved by using #countmein #youngcarersawarenessday on social media.