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Here are some common issues that you might have as a young carer:

  • tiredness from having too much to do

  • worried, anxious, sad or stressed 

  • finding it difficult to organise things - caring, school, friends, having time to yourself

  • bullying at school - 68% (thats 2 out of 3 young carers) say they are bullied at school

  • your school not knowing you are a carer and so not supporting you

  • difficulty in concentrating or missing school/not able to do homework because of caring

  • having feelings of panic

  • feeling gulty, not understood or trapped

  • finding it difficult to cope with the moods of the person you care for

  • feeling angry, embarrassed or ashamed about your home situation

  • isolation - not being able to go out like your friends, feeling lonely

  • not being able to leave the person you care for

  • being worried about the person you care for when you're not there

  • worrying about the future

  • worried about money and the family budget

  • eating problems - overeating or not eating proper meals

  • self harming

We understand all the worries and problems you might be having, whether they're big or small - we're here especially to support you while you care.

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You're not alone . . .

When you're a young carer to someone in your family, it can affect the way you feel, and the amount of time you get to do the things you enjoy.

Perhaps you've never thought of yourself as a young carer before - so you've never thought about finding out about any support there might be for you?

The first thing for you to know is that you're not alone.  There are estimated to be at least 700,000 children and young people caring in the UK (although it is generally felt this figure has risen since a full survey was carried out).  So what you do is not very unusual, but it can be difficult, both physically and emotionally.  You can feel proud of the caring you do - but perhaps sometimes you feel alone and in need of some help.


Why not ask yourself:

  • Who do you care for?

  • What things do you do to help out in the home?

  • Does anyone else help out?

  • How much time do you spend helping?

What you might do for the person you care for:

  • cooking

  • cleaning

  • looking after brothers and sisters

  • bathing

  • dressing

  • hoovering

  • laundry

  • ironing

  • toileting

  • collecting/giving medication

  • paying bills

  • arranging doctors appointments

  • lifting (out of bed or chairs)

  • help with mobility

  • communication (signing, reading, writing)

  • help in the night 

  • emotional support

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