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Together, we can make a difference to the lives of young carers

Young Carers Action Day 2022

Do you work with young people who look after someone?

It's not always easy to know, but you may be working with young carers. As a professional working with children or young people, you could be the first person to recognise their caring role, and help them on their caring journey.

Taking action on isolation

Young Carers Action Day is time for us to come together and take action for young people who are looking after their siblings, parents and other family members. This year, we're Taking Action on Isolation.

It's a lot to take on at their age and can mean they miss out on the things that most kids do like seeing friends and regularly going to school.

“Loneliness for a young carer is thinking you are the only one like you and none of your friends will understand. You feel like you’re trapped in a box.”

Becca

Impact on young carers

National research from The Carers' Trust shows an alarming lack of support, coupled with a dramatic rise in time spent caring, is leaving thousands of young carers feeling ‘lonely’, ‘exhausted’, ‘worried’, ‘burned out’ and ‘stressed’.

 

Decrease in connections

47% of young carers felt less connected to others as a result of the pandemic

Increase in hours caring

More than half (53%) of young carers said they are providing more care

Decrease in wellbeing

A third of respondents said their caring role resulted in them feeling worried, lonely or stressed

If you are a professional that has identified a young person with caring responsibilities, and would like them to benefit from our free services simply fill in this short form.

Need to talk? Call our Freephone Support Line on 0800 0388 885 (Mon-Fri, 9am – 1pm)