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YOUNG CARERS AWARENESS DAY 25 JANUARY 2018

YOUNG CARERS AWARENESS DAY 25 JANUARY 2018

Wednesday 24th January 2018

At a recent Carer Trust North Wales training session, young people from Anglesey and Conwy took time to promote Young Carers Awareness Day which is taking place on 25 January 2018.

From research they discovered there are over 700,000 young carers in the UK and Wales has the highest proportion of young adult carers (16-25 yrs) out of the whole of the UK. Many young carers struggle to juggle their education with their caring role which can cause pressure and stress. 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role, 26% have reported that they have been bullied in school because of their caring role and young adult carers are twice as likely to become NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training).

One Young Carer who cares for her mum said: 'You do miss out on opportunities and experiences growing up-not being able to go out with your mates as often as you like; being able to chill out whenever you want to; acting like a normal teenager- going to youth clubs, taking up a hobby, being carefree, partying and having fun. Honestly, I do miss out on being a typical teenager. However, there are things that I have gained when I have missed out, like a close relationship with my mum - this might seem unbelievable for a teenager, but believe it or not, we never argue!'

Thanks to Global's Make Some Noise (in house charity for Heart FM/Capital Radio) we at Carers Trust North Wales are able to provide support specifically to carers aged 16-25. Alison Jones CEO said: 'We are able to tailor our support to what young people actually need, either in the form of some respite support at home, providing groups, training and social outings, transport to attend appointments, advice and information, and support to apply for individual grants for things like driving lessons and household equipment.'

Anyone wishing to access this service can ring Carers Trust North Wales on 01492 542122 or email northwales@nwcrossroads.org.uk. #youngcarersawarenessday