Approximately 1 in 12 secondary school students in the UK are young carers. A young carer is someone under 21 who takes care of members of their family. This might be because a parent or sibling is affected by an illness, disability, mental health issue or drug or alcohol misuse.
Makewaves are involved in a project called Young Carers in Focus which aims to help young carers by giving them new skills, getting their voices heard, and creating a network for young carers.Want to find out more about young carers?
Watch the video above, called A Day in the Life. This video was made by some of our YCiF champions, to share the different things young carers do on a daily basis. Leave a comment
below and let us know...
- What you think about the content of the video? How does their day compare to yours?
- Did you know about young carers before seeing this video? If not, what has the video shown you?Are you a young carer?
Introduce yourself to the YCiF Community!
We want the YCiF network to be a place for young carers to connect and share their stories. So, why not create a story to introduce yourself! Here are some questions to get you started:
- Tell us about yourself: likes, dislikes, hobbies, the things that are most important to you.
- What do you think of the YCiF project? Would you like to be part of a community of young carers?
- What's it like being a young carer? Tell us about the good things and the not so good, what you've learnt from being a young carer, or what support you would like.
Remember, you don’t have to include anything in your story that you’re not comfortable sharing on Makewaves.
Make sure you submit your story to the YCiF Community Channel
when you’re done! Then, have a look at the YCiF Network and get involved in our other activities for young carers: http://www.makewav.es/ycif/c/getinvolved
Not a Makewaves member? Find out how you can get involved here: https://www.makewav.es/story/414842/title/howtojointheyoungcarersinfocusnetwork