20th January 2020Category: General
Thursday 30th January is Young Carers Awareness Day (YCAD), an annual event led by Carers Trust to raise awareness of the challenges faced by Young Carers and to campaign for greater support.
Every day across the UK thousands of young people help to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.
Recent research shows that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer. For many, their caring journey begins at a much younger age. Caring for someone can be very isolating, worrying and stressful. For young carers, this can negatively impact on their experiences and outcomes in education, having a lasting effect on their life chances.
This year the Count Me In! campaign aims to encourage education providers to proactively identify Young Carers and ensure they can access support.
We have asked schools accross West Cumbria if they can help promote this by following one (or more) of the simple steps below.
If you would like to refer a Young Carer for support you can download and complete a referral form here - https://www.westcumbriacarers.co.uk/services-support/professionals/refer-to-us/