Young Carers Action Day 2021

16 March 2021

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

What is Young Carers Action Day (YCAD)?

Young Carers Action Day is an annual event, organised by the Carers Trust. 

It has taken place since 2015 to raise awareness of young carers and the incredible contribution they make to their families and local communities. Over the years, this has led to some great successes - shining a spotlight on young carers. 

Until now, the day was called Young Carers Awareness Day, but based on the feedback of young carers, they made some changes.

This March, we will be focusing on support, not sympathy. It’s great to raise public awareness of young carers and what they do but we also want to celebrate the benefits of being a young carer - like all the amazing skills they have learnt along the way. 

What are Carers First doing this Young Carers Awareness Day?

We are working with schools and teachers, helping us reach the hidden carers in their school. We'll be sharing videos of young carers and showcasing their special skills and abilities. 

Get involved 

We are working with schools and teachers to reach hidden young carers in schools. Download our pack to build a Young Carers Board.  Register with us and join our young carers forum to have your say about local policies and services. 

Remember to follow us on social media and share our posts to help us raise awareness of YCAD and the incredible work young carers do. Contact us if you want to share your own story or want to collaborate with us as an employer, school or youth centre.

If you want to make a donation to help us reach even more children, please follow this link. 

Let's have an impactful YCAD 2021, giving young carers a voice and helping protect their futures.