Health and Wellbeing
Looking after someone can make you physically exhausted – you might be getting up several times in the night as well as caring throughout the day. You might be juggling caring with looking after the rest of your family and holding down a job. Caring can leave you emotionally exhausted and lead to stress, depression and other mental health issues. We can help.
Caring can affect your relationship with your partner or other family members. If you are caring in a couple you may no longer be able to enjoy shared activities or plan for a future together. Caring can be isolating as you may find you can rarely leave the house. It may be hard to sustain friendships or develop new ones, or keep up with interests and activities you may have previously enjoyed. Many young adult carers often miss out on the things their friends take for granted, like going out socialising, enjoying sports, or having a girlfriend/boyfriend. We can help.
Caring can lead to financial hardship if you have to give up work to care, or are managing on benefits. You may not be able to do the things that many of us take for granted; such as house repairs, going on holiday, enjoying a family day out, or running a car. Becoming a carer can feel like a constant battle to access the benefits and other financial help you may need. We can help.
Working and learning
Caring responsibilities mean that many young adult carers find it hard to go to college/university, or keep up with course work. Caring may mean that you have to put your chance of a career on hold, or never have the opportunity to have one and reach your full potential. 60% of working carers are worried about their ability to continue for another year and repeatedly have to take time off. You may have to give up work and see your income reduced to benefits. We can help.