What is a Young Carer?
A young carer is a child or young adult who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or family member who could not manage otherwise because of an illness, frailty or disability. Very often, people do not recognise themselves as 'carers'; they are just relatives, friends or neighbours who find themselves in a caring situation, sometimes suddenly, sometimes gradually, and simply get on with what needs to be done.
A carer may not always live with the person they care for, but their help may be essential in enabling that person to go on living independently.
It can help to know that you are a carer; it is a way of recognising that what you are doing is a very important job. Caring can sometimes be demanding, both physically and emotionally. It may help to know that your work is recognised by others, and that there are people and services available to help support you in your role.
Keep an eye on the Young Carers noticeboard near the main hall for any Young Carer group events / updates.
What might a Young Carer do?
- Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
- Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
- Offer 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 siblings.
Young Carers Gold Award
In May 2015, Stockport Academy became the first school in the country to achieve the Gold Award from the Young Carers in Schools Programme. This award recognises the standard of support we offer young carers in terms of identification, raising awareness, catering to their individual needs and celebrating their achievements.