Young Carers

In our federation, we know that many of our children are young carers. 
A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or has other difficulties that may affect their health and ability to look after themselves properly.

What might a young carer do?

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
  • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed. 
  • Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.
  • Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
  • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
  • Helping to give medicine. 
  • Helping someone communicate.
  • Looking after brothers and sisters.

Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up

  • It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.
  • Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.
  • In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.
  • 26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role.
  • 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.

But young people can learn lots of useful skills by being a young carer.

You can find more information about Young Carers by following the links below:

https://carers.org/about-us/about-young-carers

These websites may also be useful

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/support-and-benefits-for-carers/being-a-young-carer-your-rights/

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/young-carers/

https://www.barnardos.org.uk/what-we-do/helping-families/young-carers

https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/service/boom-young-carers/

https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/what-we-do/children-young-people/support-for-young-carers/

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/home-families/family-relationships/young-carers/

Mrs Thompson and Mrs Bates oversee the young carers in our Federation. Members of our Young Carers Club meet in school and are part of special activities and focus sessions that are fun, supportive and very well received.

If your child is a Young Carer or you would like some help or advice, please do contact us.  

Young Carers Club

The children in Young Carers Club have enjoyed meeting to take part in different activities such as a treasure hunt, playing with Lego and dancing!

They’ve also had a special pizza party celebration where everyone made their own pitta bread pizza and enjoyed tasting them. Everyone agreed the pizzas were delicious and it was a fun way to celebrate together.

Our Young Carers Club have also met and taken part I a focus session that focused on ‘dealing with our worries.’ Children shared worries with each other and we discussed how we could deal with these. The children gave very thoughtful advice to each other. It was lovely to hear them support one another.

When we joined our worries together we made a ‘worries rainbow’.

Each child was given a pack to take home that included some mindfulness colouring and a mindfulness moments calendar.


Other Young Carers Club Activities 

 Mood Boards of things that make us feel happy.

The children shared something that makes them feel happy. Each child was then given a pack to take home that included happiness journal, a maze and some mindfulness colouring. We also suggested that everyone might like to make a mood board at home!

Think about how to keep our minds, bodies and hearts healthy and happy.

We talked about how we can look after our bodies and keep them healthy. The children suggested things such as eating healthy foods and doing exercise. We talked about how to keep our minds healthy. The children suggested ideas such as doing mindfulness colouring, breathing and thinking positively. We also talked about how to keep our hearts happy! The children discussed what they do that makes them feel happy. They talked about things such as being outside in nature, being with their friends and family and doing their favourite activities such as drawing.

Children were all given a journal with a different task, idea or thought for each day. They were also given some resources to use over the holiday, including mindfulness colouring and yoga poses.