This Young Carers Action Day (Tuesday 16th March 2021) we’re hoping to reach out to children and young people, aged up to 25, that help look after someone who is ill, disabled or elderly, to encourage them to let health and other services know about their caring role so they are supported. We also want to celebrate young carers and young adult carers and help them recognise the skills they’ve developed through caring as these can help them in their working life.
The theme of the day this year is ‘Protect Young Carers’ Futures’ and our Young Carers Service provides support and opportunities such as workshops to enable young carers to get together and learn new skills or develop existing ones.
The coronavirus has meant more young people have taken on a caring role or have increased caring responsibilities, particularly where services they or the person they support have moved online or paused due to COVID-19.
As part of Young Carers Action Day we are holding a virtual school assembly for a primary school in Welwyn Garden City, and are supporting other schools in planning their own sessions to raise awareness about being a young carer and the help available to them.
We also have a competition running for young carers that is open until Wednesday 31st March 2021. The competition asks them to write about what they have missed because of the coronavirus and lockdown restrictions and what they are looking forward to doing now that COVID-19 rules are changing and the weather is improving. Entries should be emailed to – put “Competition” in the subject line and make sure to include your name and age. If you don’t have email please call 01992 58 69 69.
As the day encourages young carers to recognise the skills they’ve gained from caring some young carers that are on our Young Carers’ Council have shared some of their thoughts.
• “I’ve developed skills of being a team player by being on the Council and helping with events.”
• “I’ve learnt to talk to anyone about me and I am proud of it!”
• “I understand other people’s feelings more. When I help my Mum I have to understand what she is saying as she can’t always talk properly because of her MS and because of this I can better read body language and have empathy.”
A Young Carers Service Team spokesperson said: “We appreciate young carers and young adult carers are more worried about their future because of the coronavirus. We want to let young carers and their families know we are there to provide information, guidance and services to help you keep healthy and well or access learning or education opportunities, financial and other support.”
Currently, there are 2,810 young carers aged up to 25 living in Hertfordshire or elsewhere and supporting someone in the county registered with us.
You can learn more about Young Carers Action Day on the Carers Trust website as they oversee the event - www.carers.org/young-carers-action-day-2021
For more information about the support we provide young carers in Hertfordshire please call us on 01992 58 69 69 or look around the website.