Young Carers are children and young people aged 5 - 18 whose lives are affected by caring for an unwell member of their family.
They care for a relative who may have a physical or learning disability, a long term illness, a terminal condition, mental illness, or difficulties with drug or alcohol use.
Caring may be physical, emotional or both.
Physical caring may include:
Fetching and Carrying
Cleaning the house, shopping, cooking meals for the family
Getting siblings ready and making sure they get to school
Emotional caring may include:
Listening, encouraging, calming and giving reassurance to the person that they care for.
Accompanying them to the shops or doctor/hospital appointments
Local Young Carers have created a stop motion video to share
IOW Young Carers
to help people understand a little more about what it is like to walk in their shoes. Funded by #iWill
Young Carers Research - The Children's Society