As a young carer you can find helping someone very rewarding, but you also have the right to be looked after.
A young carer is a child or young person who provides regular and on-going care and emotional support to a family member with physical or mental health problems, has a disability, or misuses drugs or alcohol. This does not mean the everyday and occasional help around the home that many young people are often expected to give within families.
The key feature of being a 'young carer' is that the caring responsibilities continues over time and can make a young carer vulnerable, when the level of care and their responsibility to the person they look after, becomes excessive or inappropriate and risks impacting on emotional or physical wellbeing, educational achievement and life chances.
Did you know?
- There are at least 720 young carers in Doncaster
- 1 in 20 young carers miss school because of their caring responsibilities
- 63% of young carers in Doncaster care for their mother -
- 21% care for a sibling
Young carers often:
- Help family members to get up, get washed, get dressed or help them with toileting
- Do lots of household chores like shopping, cleaning, cooking
- Stay in the house a lot to provide emotional support.
- Look after brothers and sisters
- Sort household bills
- Support a family member who misuses drug or alcohol.
Sometimes, being a young carer can get too much to deal with on your own or you may be stressed by too much responsibility. If you’re having any of these feelings, talk to your teacher, school nurse, college counsellor or doctor who can help you.
- Feeling tired
- Worried about your relative’s health
- Coping with other people’s moods
- No time for yourself or your homework
- Missing school
- Feeling embarrassed about your situation
- Being bullied
- Low self-esteem, anxiety, anger or guilt
You’re not alone if any of these happen to you. Young carers miss an average of 48 days of school because of their role and 68% have been bullied at some point directly because of having to care for someone.
Even if you don’t feel like you need help for a problem, it is always good to have the support of others who understand your situation, we can provide you with:
- 1:1 support
- Information and advice on things and advice on things like how to get help for the person you care for or help with finding out about higher or further education
- Group work, and activities including social groups
- Advocacy - we can support you in making your voice heard
There are four social groups that run each week during term time. All Young Carers are welcome to come along make new friends take part in games and activities and have fun! There are also other activities during the school holidays this may include, bowling, visiting the theatre, parks, picnics, or just meeting up with other young carers and lots more!
Please contact us for further information using the contact information at the bottom of the page.
Every family whose child is registered with us as a young carer will receive a FREE DNA card which will give you access to a vast range of specialist discounts from your local high street as well as many high quality desired national brands.
You will be kept up-to-date with all the latest news, offers, competitions and giveaways that are included in your DNA membership.
As well as the family card each young carer will be given their own card, on the reverse will be an image of a traffic light. This allows that young person to tell someone how they are feeling if they do not feel like talking at that time.
For more information on the DNA card please visit: www.mydnabenefits.co.uk/login
Eliza age 9
If I didn’t have to help at home I would like to watch TV and text my friends.
My friends think it’s nice that I help out at home because my mum and dad wouldn’t be able to do things with me.
I feel sad that my mum and dad aren’t well enough to do things but I feel proud that I am there to help them.
Kate age 14
I help at home with hospital appointments and care for them making sure they have their meals, the washing is done and the dishwasher is packed.
I feel happy caring but sometimes it’s a lot when I’m trying to revise for my exams but it’s for my family and I’m the strongest one.
Logan age 14
I don’t tell many people that I care for my family as I have to do a lot more things than they think I do.
Sometimes I’m happy but sometimes I’m in a bad mood as it gets too much and I get bored of what I need to do.
School provide me with counselling which helps and I enjoy coming to the young carers group, I can just be me and forget about things for a while.
Charlie age 12
When I get home from school, I make tea for the family, sort the washing and clean the house.
At night I help with bathing my brother and younger sister and getting them to bed before I can do my school work or something I want to do.
Some of my friends know that I’m a young carer but only my close friends.
I’m proud to be a carer as I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it, caring does get me down but I know that I’m needed. I couldn’t watch them struggle and looking after them makes me feel like a good person.
Contact the Young Carer’s team for further information or to make a referral to gain support from the Young Carer’s team: 01302 736099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Young Carers booklet
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- Young carer poster - professionals
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