Young carers to be recognised on awareness day

December 22 2016

THE work of young carers in South Gloucestershire will be acknowledged through an awareness day in the New Year.

THE work of young carers in South Gloucestershire will be acknowledged through an awareness day in the New Year.

It is estimated that one in 12 secondary-age pupils is a carer, with every school and college likely to have a young carer among its pupils and students.

But many of them go unrecognised, despite the effect their responsibilities have on their lives.

The Carers Support Centre is a charity based in South Gloucestershire and Bristol which provides support to carers, including children from eight to 18, who help look after a family member or friend who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

It works with more than 30 schools, including St John’s Mead primary in Chipping Sodbury,  to help make sure they are aware of any young carers among their pupils and that support is available to help them cope.

The charity said being a young carer can affect a young person’s health, social life and self confidence, with many struggling to continue their education while carrying out their caring role.

In recognition of their work, Young Carer Awareness Day has been set for Thursday, January 26, with a short film produced by the Carers Support Centre to mark the day.

The charity worked with young carers to make the film, which is available to all local schools and aims to educate teachers and pupils.

It can also be used as a means of helping teachers identify and support young carers better.