Who is a Young Carer?
A young carer is anyone aged 15-18 years old who supports or looks after someone who has:
A young carer looks after their mum or dad, brother or sister, or a grandparent, They look after the person all by themselves, or they may help someone else to look after them too.
Many young carers don't even realise they are young carers and their caring role is sometimes not recognised by other people, like friends and teachers. It is important that you are recognised and get the support you need!
What Type of Things do Young Carers do?
Cooking and shopping
Cleaning and laundry
Looking after brothers and sisters
Collecting and giving medication
Managing the family budget
Nursing or personal care
Helping someone communicate
Keeping someone company
Listening to worries and providing emotional support
and much more..........
How Does Being a Young Carer Affect Someone?
Young carers can struggle with their responsibilities and say that they sometimes:
But there are positives, and they say that they:
How Can Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers Help?
Weekly after school groups where young carers can meet each other and have a chit, snack and do activities
Someone to talk to who understands and will listen to you
Opportunity for one-to-one support with a Young Carer worker
The Chance to go on trips and visit new places
Give you information and advice about the things that are important to you
A break from caring
Skill development training to build confidence
Support you to deal with the changes in your life
Advocacy support to help you haveyour say in decisions that affect you and/or your family
Get you support in school
Quotes from our Young Carers
"Young Carers has helped me understand my problems and given me time out from them"
"Regular respite breaks give me something to look forward to"
"Getting a chance to make things at Young Carers helps me"
"Young Carers helps keep me right and I learn about things"
"I get support about things at home if I'm angry or upset"
"Young Carers helped us to do a High School Young Carers Policy so we now all know what we can expect and ask for"
"Getting time out to come to Young Carers when I'm stressed - it really, really helps"
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