What is a young carer?
A young carer is a child or young person aged from 5 up to 18 years of age, who helps to look after (or ‘care’) for someone such as their mum, dad, grandparents, brothers or sisters, who could not manage otherwise without their help.
What sort of things may a young carer do?
The sort of things a young carer may do are:
- collecting prescriptions and/or helping to make sure the person they look after takes their medication
- looking after younger brothers or sisters
- cooking meals
- doing regular housework
- accompanying the person they help care for to appointments
- providing emotional support – being there to listen
How many young carers are there in Shropshire?
There are around 650 known young carers in Shropshire, but there are probably lots more children and young people who are caring, but just see this as being part of a family. Helping to look after or ‘care’ for someone can be rewarding but tiring too. It can affect schoolwork and seeing friends but our young carers tell us they want to be treated like any other child or young person.
What support is there for young carers in Shropshire?
Carers Trust4All young carers service can help! They run ‘time-out’ activities and days out, and have monthly young carer groups who meet across the county. Any young carer or anyone who thinks they may be a young carer, can contact them for help, support and to find out more by calling 01743 341995 during office hours.
School staff, youth groups or any other service who works with children and young people can ring this number too.
Check out Shropshire Telford and Wrekin Young carers video clips about being young carers in Shropshire.