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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.

Find advice and information if you’re a young carer, parent or teacher here, or for 16-25 year olds, find our young adult carer website YACbook here. 

You can also contact us here for more information on caring and how we can help you.