LIFE CHANGING OUTCOME
Making Life better for young carers, young adult carers and their families
A young carer is a child or young person under the age of 18 carrying out significant caring tasks and assuming a level of responsibility for another person which would normally be taken by an adult.
Young Adult Carers are young people whose caring role has started or developed up to the age of 25.
“We are all young carers and we spend a lot of our time helping someone close to us. This has a big impact on our lives, our emotional development and our education. Young Carers like ourselves need recognition, understanding and support”
The Junction Young Carers 2015
The Junction in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland works to support, young carers, young adult carers and their families through:
they have introduced me to new friends and shown me that there is many more people around my age going through similar sort of situations. Made me more confident being away from home and given me so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have got. I feel comfortable talking to everyone there and I feel as though we are a family and I know that’s how everyone else feels. I know I can trust the others and I know I can always go to them if I need to speak to someone. They have allowed me to get better help when they thought I needed it.
The reasons for taking on caring responsibilities are varied but can include:
Are you a young carer?
A group of young carers from The Junction have worked together to put together some quick questions that might help young people recognise that what they are young carers!
Take our quick quiz here!
* Do you spend a lot of time helping someone close to you? Maybe a brother, sister, parent or grandparent? YES/NO
* Do you think that you have to stay at home more than other children or young people your age to be there for and help look after your relatives? YES/NO
* Do you find that your family members talk to you a lot and you listen when they are worried, stressed out or anxious? We call this “emotional support”
* Do you sometimes have to help someone get up, washed or dressed? Yes/No
* Do you do lots of household chores? At least more than than other people your same age? YES/No
* Do you help a lot with shopping, cleaning and cooking for your family? Even doing it a lot yourself?
* Do you spend a lot of time looking after your younger brother or sister because their illness or disability or because of your parent(s) illness or disability? YES/NO
If you have answered YES to any of these question you might be a young carer or young adult carer and up to now have just never thought about it! If you would like to talk to somebody in confidence about this then please call The Junction, email or like our Facebook page and send us a message.
Remember being a young carer can be amazing! Be you!