With over 700,000 young carers in England and Wales - 1 in 5 children aged between 11 and 17 - it’s hard to comprehend what a normal day would look like for a young person with the responsibility of looking after a relative.
According to Professor Saul Becker, Provost of the University of Sussex, “being a carer can have a big impact on a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence. Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring, which can cause pressure and stress.”
Professor Saul Becker is a world leading researcher on young carers – children who provide unpaid care to relatives who are seriously ill or disabled. He’s also a patron of the Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove, a charity supporting unpaid carers.
His work with the charity is aimed at building on its existing support mechanisms to develop more appropriate services and support to young carers.
“Young carers often go unseen but their work within the community is absolutely vital. The support they provide to relatives with disabilities and long term illnesses prevents countless crisis every year. Young carers need our support to manage their caring roles, to enable them to thrive in their education and social lives and of course, to enjoy a well-earned break from time-to-time. I would encourage everyone to visit www.thecarerscentre.org/causes to find out how you can help us continue to support these amazing young people," said Tom Lambert, CEO of The Carers Centre.
To promote young carers, The Carers Centre is collaborating with the University of Sussex in the annual Observation Day Diary, an important archive of information written by people from all walks of life across Britain.
If you’re a carer or know someone who is, this is an opportunity to share what a day in the life of a carer is like.
The Carers Centre would like to invite young carers to write a day-in-the-life diary entry and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 12th May 2019.
Article sources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-SQ7BXQfGg