Young Carer Awareness Day 2020 – Thursday 30th January
It’s Young Carer Awareness Day on the 30th of January, a day lead by the Carers Trust dedicated to:
raising awareness of young carers
helping young carers to identify themselves and get support
campaigning for better recognition and support for young carers
What is a young carer?
A young carer is anyone under the age of 18 looking after someone else. It could be a mum, dad, sibling or grandparent. And the caring role can take many different forms, from helping with household chores, helping someone get dressed or providing emotional support.
Recent research shows that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer. And although looking after someone might be something they have always done, caring for someone can be very isolating, worrying and stressful. For young carers, this can negatively impact their experiences and outcomes in education, having a lasting effect on their life chances.
What we are doing to support the day:
Our young carer team is out across Wiltshire in three schools raising awareness of young carers and encouraging schools and colleges to become more young carer aware.