It’s Young Carers Awareness Day on Thursday 31st January 2019 – a day to celebrate, recognise and raise awareness about young carers in the UK.
The focus this year is young carers’ mental health. The pressures of caring can lead to mental health problems, anxiety and stress and the Carers Trust, which oversees the Day, wants to improve awareness about the mental health support needs of young carers.
To tie in with the Day we want YOU to get involved and ‘Walk a mile in young carers’ shoes’ and think about what young carers’ lives are like, their priorities, feelings and experiences.
There are various ways you can get involved, including:
- Organising an activity such as a cake sale or a sponsored walk and donate the money to support our work with young carers. Walking can improve mental health as it releases endorphins that boost energy and mood; or
- Share information about young carers and the support available.
Figures from a recent NHS survey found that 13% of young carers had anxiety or depression compared to 8% of others their age without caring responsibilities. In addition, a Carers Trust survey of 350 young carers showed 48% felt stressed as a result of caring and 44% were tired.
Talking about how you’re feeling and your mental health can help you feel happy and healthy. We provide advice and support to young carers and their families to try and reduce the young person’s caring role. We also provide free activities to give young carers a break from caring and reduce isolation as they meet other young carers.
Whatever you do to mark Young Carers Awareness Day 2019, we would love to know. You can share tweets on January 31st @ycherts using the hashtag #YoungCarersAwarenessDay and you can also download and display our Walk a Mile poster with any activity you are holding.
For more information about the support we provide young carers in Hertfordshire please call us on 01992 58 69 69 or look around this website.
Please find more information below or click here to find out about the support for young carers in Hertfordshire.
Walk a mile poster: Poster – walk a mile
Young Carers factsheet: YC Factsheet
A huge thank you to the Young Carers Council who hosted a cake and coffee morning in Stevenage on Saturday morning.
The event was in aid of Carers Week to raise awareness of young carers, as well as a celebration of Carers in Hertfordshire’s 21st Birthday.
6 young carers helped to decorate cakes, welcomed members of the public and talked about the role of the Young Carers Council. The event raised over £80 for young carers in Hertfordshire – THANK YOU!
We were also excited to welcome the newly elected Youth Mayor for Stevenage, Emma, who has said she would like to raise awareness of young carers in the town.
Thank you to everyone who supported this event!
Help us build Carer Friendly Communities!
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
This year the Young Carers Council will be hosting a cake & coffee morning for members of the public, to raise awareness and funds for young carers in Hertfordshire. Please bring along your friends and family to support this event:
Saturday 11th June
10.30 am – Midday
The Forum, Ibis Hotel, Danestrete, Stevenage, SG1 1EJ
If you would like to hear more about Carers Week and find other events near you, then please visit www.carersweek.org
With over £3000 raised for their chosen charity last year, this promises to be a great link for Young Carers in Hertfordshire
We would like to thank the Ware Joggers for their support!
More to follow….
Sir Frederic Osborn Year 10 pupils, from left, Shannon Hall, Grace Moore and Elle Burch-Melville scaled Wales’ highest peak to raise £1,000 for Carers in Hertfordshire.
They were accompanied on the climb up Mount Snowdon by mum Vicki Burch-Melville and teachers Rachel Phillips and Gemma Ward.
The girls from the Welwyn Garden City school exceeded their fundraising target for a cause that is dear to their hearts and now aim to raise awareness.
Elle cares for her younger sister who has ADHD and autism and Shannon cares for her younger sister, Charlie, who has Rett syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects approximately 1 in 12,000 females and causes severe physical and mental disability. Shannon also has a hip problem which made the climb even more of a challenge. Grace, cares for her autistic younger brother Charlie, and together with her dad has Type 1 diabetes.
The girls were elated by the experience. Shannon said: “Climbing Mount Snowdon was a massive personal accomplishment for me and has given me the inspiration to do more ambitious things. The route we took wasn’t easy and I am proud to say, we climbed Mount Snowdon the hard way!”
Elle said: “The trip was an amazing experience which I will never forget.” And Grace added: “The weekend away itself was very memorable, I would love to do it again.”
Rachel Phillips, Year 10 Director of Learning, said: “I’m beyond proud of Elle, Grace and Shannon. Their effort, motiviation and dedication has been truly inspirational. Reaching the summit was emotional and one of the proudest moments of my teaching career. Well done ladies – you are my heroes!”
PE teacher Gemma Ward added: “The students made me extremely proud at how well they embraced and completed this challenge. The trek up was tricky but the views at the top and the tream spirit made it all worthwhile.”
And proud mum Vicki Burch-Melville said it had been a fantastic opportunity.
The girls say they now want to reach out to other children and teenage carers who may be going through stressful times and raise awareness.
Watch this videoclip below of their trek for young carers. For more photos visit our Facebook page.