Young Carers Awareness Day is an annual event, being held on Thursday 30 January 2020. It is organised and led by Carers Trust, to raise awareness of the challenges faced by young carers and to campaign for greater support for them. Every day across the UK thousands of young people help to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled of misuses drugs or alcohol
To mark the day a team from Trafford Carers Centre, a Carers Trust Network Partner, will take over a pop up shop in The Square, Sale, to showcase the creative skills of the young people it supports. Visitors will see a selection of animations, poetry and artwork that the young carers have made and get a better understanding of their experiences. Young carers like Nathan*, aged 16:
“My brother has Epilepsy, ADD, ADHD, Duplication Disorder, Autism/ Pathological Demand Avoidance and anger management issues. We’re waiting to see if my sister has Autism too. It can be quite chaotic at home!
Managing school is stressful, it’s hard to get revision done. My brother stays up until the early hours, sometimes all night. He has the TV on to stop him lashing out. So I lose sleep and revision time, none of us sleep much. We have no respite so the whole house is suffering.
I do get to go out sometimes but have to match it up with appointment times and when mum needs help. Things can change last minute and it is hard to invite people from school round if they don’t understand, I don’t want them taking the mick out of him.”
“I met my best friend through the group at Trafford Carers Centre. Having a friend who understands and accepts my brother means he can come round and I can go to his too.
I’ve met a lot of new friends through the group and we’ve done quite a few activities. Trips out, laser quest, canoeing, meals out, bowling. It just gives us a chance to get out of the house, have some freedom, do what we want to do and not be stuck in our caring role.
Being a young carer is a big part of my life but I want to make it my future as well. I’d like to work in a special needs school, I’ve put my name down to volunteer at my brother’s school once I’ve started college.”
* Identity and photo changed in the interests of privacy.
Sian Day, Fundraising Manager at Trafford Carers Centre, said,
“As many as one in five young people are carers and they can find it isolating, worrying and stressful. Young carers might find it hard to keep up at school and this can have a lasting effect on their lives. We’re here to help young carers get the help and support they deserve and we rely on support from the community to make this happen.”
For more information about how you can help local young carers, come along to Unit 25 at The Square, Sale on Thursday 30 January. Alternatively contact Sian Day, Fundraising Manager by emailing sian.day@traffordcarerscentre.