Each year Carers Trust organises Young Carers Awareness Day. The purpose of the day is to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by young people because of their caring role, and to campaign for greater support for young carers and their needs. This year’s Young Carers Awareness Day took place on 31 January.
At Catholic Care we launched our Young Carers Project in October 2017. We have developed a range of services for children and young people aged 5-18 years old who have caring responsibilities for a member of their family. Activities have included social trips to the cinemas and bowling as well as enjoying a meal out together or experiencing a pantomime for the first time!
These activities allow the young people to relax and enjoy a leisure activity that many children would access through their families.
Being a young carer is a risk factor for the mental health of children and young people. That’s why Young Carers Awareness Day 2019 focussed on mental health. The project team develop supportive trusting relationships with the young people giving them time to talk about worries and really feel listened to, this approach helps to promote better emotional wellbeing. Bringing the young people together allows them to support each other and most importantly have fun!
If you would like to know more about our Young Carers Project please contact us on 0113 388 5400