Young Adult Carer Advisory Group

Our Young Adult Carer Advisory Group is made up of young adult carers from across Scotland. The Group sets out to:

  • Advise Carers Trust Scotland on youth engagement work.
  • Lead on consultation activities for young carers and young adult carers to have their voices heard.
  • Raise awareness of the issues impacting young carers and young adult carers.
  • Run youth-led campaigns on important issues relating to young carers and young adult carers.

 

Consultation 2020 #YoungCarerVoice

As our Scottish Young Carers Festival was moved online last year due to the pandemic, our Young Adult Carer Advisory Group have helped us shape the consultation activities in 2020!

Consultation with young carers is a huge part of the Scottish Young Carers Festival as it provides key decision makers with an understanding of the issues most important to young carers!

Our Group worked with Carers Trust Scotland staff and Scottish Government to create our 2020 questions. Education, mental health and the impact of COVID-19 were really important to the Young Adult Carer Advisory Group and featured in their #YoungCarerVoice survey.

The key findings of the #YoungCarerVoice survey are:

  •  78% of respondents are comfortable taking part in online activities.
  • Majority of respondents have had a negative experience of school, with little or no support.
  • Greater awareness in schools of young carers is important.
  • Young carers need supported to pursue their aspirations for further or higher education.
  • 80% of respondents do not know how to get a Young Carer Statement.
  • 43% of 16 – 18-year old respondents have not received the Young Carer Grant.
  • 78% of respondents say their mental health has been affected by the recent lockdown.
  • 59% of respondents say that COVID-19 has impacted their caring role.
  • Majority of respondents have had little or no break at all from their caring role during lockdown.

 

Next Steps

The Young Adult Carer Advisory Group are ensuring that these findings are heard by key decision makers and that they continue to raise awareness of the issues.

The Group have worked with animators to create a social media awareness raising campaign targeting young carers. This campaign raises awareness of young carers and seeks to break down the stigma and stereotypes that exist. Often these stereotypes stop young people seeking out the support that is available.  

"We need to break down the stereotype of a “young carer” because it is important to recognise that all caring roles are different so that people in all types of caring roles are able to recognise the situation they are in and get the help and support they need and deserve." Rebecca, Young Adult Carer Advisory Group member

Our Group’s vision is for the stigma to be broken down and for young carers to have open conversations about young caring and seek out the support that is available.

 

Get involved! 

You can get involved by sharing this animation on social media with the hashtag #YoungCarerVoice.

Our campaign also seeks to engage more young carers as Young Carers Action Day draws closer! On 16 March 2021, Young Carer Action Day 2021 will be all about young carers’ futures. The theme is: Protect Young Carers’ Futures, find out more here.

If you would like to find out more about our work or how to get involved, please contact our Youth Engagement Officer Nicola Bell: nbell@carers.org