This Young Carers Action Day (Wednesday 16th March 2022) we are continuing our work making sure children and young adult carers aged up to 25 get the support and access to services they need to live full and varied lives alongside their caring roles.
The theme this year is ‘Taking Action on Isolation’ our Young Carers Service provides support and activities such as workshops to enable young carers to socialise and have a break from caring. The activities also give them a chance to try something new or develop their skills or knowledge. We also have support groups and free workshops and events for adult carers.
To mark this action day we have joined a Young Carers Alliance with health, education, social care and voluntary sector organisations. The Alliance, established by Caring Together, will provide opportunities for information-sharing and campaigning for improved support for young carers.
Earlier in the week, members of the Young Carers Team visited some schools in Hertfordshire to talk to students and staff about what being a young carer involves and the support available.
We also have some opportunities for carers aged 16 to 25 to socialise and find out about how Carers in Hertfordshire may be able to help them - a brunch in Hitchin on Sunday 20th March and a dinner in Hemel Hempstead on Thursday 31st March. We will pay for the meal and one drink. Please contact us to learn more or book.
Events like the brunch, dinner and presentations to schools, help towards breaking down young/young adult carers feelings of isolation and stress. According to a survey Carers Trust carried out with just over 500 young/young adult carers published for Young Carers Action Day a third of respondents felt lonely because of their caring role and 42% felt stressed.
Amy Bartlett, our Young Carers Co-production Lead, said: “The Alliance is a fantastic opportunity to work with organisations and individuals across the UK to help boost young carers voices and secure improved opportunities and support for young carers and their families.”
Currently, there are nearly 2,200 young carers registered with us as they provide unpaid help to a family member or someone close to them as they need some support because of a physical or mental illness, disability, old age or they misuse substances.
You can help us make a positive difference to the lives of adult and child carers by volunteering or supporting us through fundraising, such as making a donation online at www.justgiving.com/carers-hertfordshire
Whatever you do to mark Young Carers Action Day 2022, we would love to know. You can share tweets @ycherts using the hashtag #YoungCarersActionDay or email
For more information about the support we provide young carers in Hertfordshire please call look on the website www.ycih.org and www.carersinherts.org.uk if you are over 18 or call us 01992 58 69 69.