A Young Carer is anyone under the age of 18 years who cares for someone in their family because of an illness or disability. This can be for any kind of illness or disability, including mental health issues like depression, and addictions.
Some of the ways young people care for someone are:
- Staying in the house a lot to be there for them
- Helping them to get up, get washed or dressed, or helping with toileting
- Doing lots of the household chores like shopping, cleaning and cooking
- Looking after younger brothers and sisters
- Providing emotional support or a shoulder to cry on
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Spending a lot of time caring for someone else can be stressful, and might make learning more difficult or change your ambitions.
If you are a young carer, you need to let people know so you can get the best support. This might include telling teachers at your school, or contacting Carers Oxfordshire.
Think Young Carer
All across Oxfordshire, schools, clubs and other groups are being encouraged to "think young carer". This is so that when they see someone who is having difficulties, they remember to ask if that young person is caring for someone else at home. There is an average of two Young Carers in every classroom. You are not alone and you can get help.
If you are not sure if you are a young carer, you need help to make a referral, or you want to talk about it with someone, there are people who can help.
- Speak to a teacher, school nurse or your local young carers group
- Talk to your GP (Doctor) about your caring
- Contact your local Children and Family Centre
There are young carers groups all across Oxfordshire and at your school. You can spend time with other young carers and chat about how things are going at home.
This video about being a Young Carer was made in Banbury Hub with the help of Fusion Arts.