Caring has no age limit

Did you know that there are around hundreds of thousands of young carers in the UK? A young carer is someone that is under 18, that helps to look after a member of family, a neighbour or a friend that is ill, disabled, has mental health problems or misuses drugs or alcohol.

22/05/2019

Did you know that there are around hundreds of thousands of young carers in the UK? A young carer is someone that is under 18, that helps to look after a member of family, a neighbour or a friend that is ill, disabled, has mental health problems or misuses drugs or alcohol.

Did you know that there are around hundreds of thousands of young carers in the UK? A young carer is someone that is under 18, that helps to look after a member of family, a neighbour or a friend that is ill, disabled, has mental health problems or misuses drugs or alcohol. The role of a young carer can include: cooking, housework, shopping, personal care, emotional support, collecting prescriptions and much more. Being a young carer can mean trying to juggle the care of an individual alongside education, which can add on extra pressure and stress. Figures show that 1 in 20 students miss school because of their caring role, but young carers can also learn a lot of useful skills that will help them become more independent and ready for a family of their own when they are older.
 
Young Carer facts
  • The average age of a young carer is 12 years old
  • Around 23,000 young carers are under 9 years old
  • One in 12 young carers spend more than 15 hours a week looking after a parent or sibling
  • Carers Trust helps over 21,821 young carers to help cope with their caring role
 
We understand that being a carer can be difficult on a young person, that’s why we offer a care service that works in partnership with the carer to achieve an efficient support network. Call Bluebird Care today on xxx to find out more.