Are you 11-18 yrs old?
Do you live in Harrow?
Do you look after someone with an illness, disability, mental health or addiction?
My Week as a Young Carer
A week in the life of a Young Carer
WE CAN HELP!
What is a young carer?
A young carer is anyone under the age of 18 who provides regular and ongoing care and emotional support to a family member with a physical disability, long term illness, mental health disorder or substance misuse problem. The caring persists over time and contributes to maintaining the health and wellbeing of the cared-for person. Caring can take a variety of forms (e.g. cooking, cleaning, giving medication, emotional support) to varying degrees (from 2 hours a week right up to being the sole carer for a parent).
“Mum is not available some of the time as she works far away and I need to care for my little brother who has ADHD and Autism”
What effect can this have?
Being a young carer can actually have very positive effects on a young person. The young people we work with often report that they are incredibly proud of what they do, that it makes them feel closer to their family and that they feel more mature and better able to cope with problems they may face in life. However, there can clearly be negative effects, as many of these children effectively give up their childhoods:
- Loneliness, social isolation or bullying
- Feelings that can’t cope and want to run away
- Undue stress, worry and anxiety
- Feelings of resentment and consequent guilt
- Under achievement in school
- Physical impact (e.g. exhaustion, back pain)
- Reduction in overall life chances
There are many barriers to young carers meeting the 5 outcomes of the Every Child Matters agenda.
A young carer can be considered a child in need, and at the higher end, excessive caring roles mean they are at risk of significant harm. “A young carer becomes vulnerable when the level of care-giving and responsibility to the person in need of care becomes excessive or inappropriate for that child, risking impacting on his or her emotional or physical well being or educational achievement and life chances”
“Sometimes it stresses me out I can't always hang out with friends other times I am glad as I can be there for him”
What does the young carers project do?
We aim to reduce the caring burden on young carers 11-18yrs olds. We do this in a variety of ways:
“I have built a lot of skills from young carers and built my self-esteem, confidence levels and been able to make new friends who are able to understand situations.”
To register email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or call Ben or Amanda 020 8868 5224
“Every time I go on a young carers trip or event, it keeps my mind off my caring role and I can unwind and relax with my friends.”