23rd January 2018Category: General
Thursday 25th January 2018 is Young Carers Awareness Day, a national day of recognition for the 700,000 young carers in the UK who provide care and support to family and friends.
The Hub at Workington – Thursday 25th January
We have arranged to play recordings of the poems, written and performed by young carers, at The Hub in Workington on Young Carer’s Awareness Day. The readings will take place from 11-12am and 4-5pm.
Millom Tesco - Thursday 25th January
For those of you in Millom our staff member Emma Spencer will be in Tesco’s supermarket from 1-4pm where you can see a photo from the Young Carers performance on a specially made banner and chat to Emma.
Dunmail Park, Workington on Saturday 27th January
Between 10am and 3pm we will be hosting an information stand in the foyer at Dunmail Park, Workington. You will be able to speak to staff to find out more about the impact of being a Young Carer and how we can help.
Young Carer’s are children and young people age 5 to 18 who take on physical, practical or emotional responsibilities at home because someone in their family is disabled, or may have been ill for a long time.
All families are different and a caring role might include:
Many young carers have great feelings of responsibility. They may feel physically tired due to lifting or helping with housework. They may worry about their relative’s health and future wellbeing. They may become anxious about not having enough time to do school work or not having any time to relax and have fun with friends.
In the interview below young carer Ben, aged 14, explains his caring role to BBC Children in Need.
Last summer we teamed up with Rosehill Theatre to offer young carers across West Cumbria the opportunity to participate in an exciting Arts Summer School.
Funding from The Arts Council Lottery, Allerdale Borough Council, Thomas Cook Children’s Charity via The Carers Trust and In-kind support from Rosehill Theatre and West Cumbria Carers enabled young carers aged 5 to 18 to work with artists, writers and performers both to explore how it feels to be a young carer and to have some well-earned respite from their caring roles.
You can hear some of the poems produced at The Hub, Workington on Young Carers Awareness Day.