Young Carers - Haringey

A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

There are about 700,000 young carers in the UK, that’s about one in 12 secondary aged pupils.

What might a young carer do?

·         Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.

·         Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed. 

·         Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.

·         Personal care, such as helping someone dress.

·         Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.

·         Helping to give medicine. 

·         Helping someone communicate.

·         Looking after brothers and sisters.

Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up

·         It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.

·         Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.

·         In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.

·         26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role.

·         1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.

But young people can learn lots of useful skills by being a young carer.

Young carer and young adult carers in England have the right to information and to an assessment of the support they need from the council.

The Carers Trust have written a free guide which explains what those rights are. It also tells you what should happen when you talk to the council about being a young carer or young adult carer. Young carers and young adult carers gave us advice about what would make this a great resource for them and their peers.

It is written for all young carers and young adult carers, especially for those aged eight to twenty-five.

Download your copy >>

Where to find support

There are many organisations which offer specialist advice and support for young carers, below are links to some of these:

Haringey Young Carers Project provides regular group activities for young carers aged 11-18. These sessions include a variety of activities such as sports, cooking and music, as well as a number of educational workshops such as career planning, budgeting and exploring the role of a young carer. These sessions enable young carers to have fun and learn new skills within a safe environment, as well as providing an opportunity for them to meet and socialise with other young carers who may share similar experiences to them.

In addition, the project can also support young carers and their families by:

·         Signposting to other services

·         Providing information, advice and guidance on a range of issues

·         Providing guidance on what to do in case of an emergency

·         Providing information about how to cope with illness and/or disability

·         Providing the opportunity to meet with other young carers

·         Going on trips and outings

They also run groups and activities and trips. Details can be found here >>
Are you a young carer? Do you know a young carer?

If so please contact Mark Cullen on 07971 309 334 or to find out how you can get involved.