Young Carers Awareness Day 25 January 2018 recognises the 700,000 young carers in the UK, children and young people under the age of 18 and as young as 5 years old.
Whilst all unpaid carers juggle their caring duties alongside their everyday lives, young carers have the added pressure of school, many of which keep their caring responsibilities a secret from their peers, others are bullied due to caring, or miss school altogether.
Evidence shows young carers need the right amount of support and guidance in place to help them reach their potential. Their self-esteem and self-confidence can be affected although many young carers find their role very rewarding and gain valuable life skills.
Young Carers Awareness day is an opportunity to recognise and understand the challenges young carers face and what support is available to them.
What can you do to support Young Carers Awareness Day:
- Tweet your support using #youngcarersawarenessday..
- Find out more visit https://carers.org/young-carers-awareness-day-2018