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 Young Carers Action Day 2023

CymraegEnglish

So, when is next year’s Young Carers Action Day?

15 March 2023 – keep your diary free!

Great! And what’s the theme of next year’s Young Carers Action Day?

The theme for 2023 is Make Time for Young Carers.

Why did we choose this theme?

Over the past few months we’ve chatted with hundreds of young carers at festivals in Hampshire, Wales and Scotland.  The one issue that kept coming up was just how important their health and wellbeing is to them.

We know it’s easy for young carers to start feeling overwhelmed because of everything they need to do for their caring role on top of all their schoolwork and revising for exams. What young carers told us was that it doesn’t need to be this way. They think the things that would make them feel less overwhelmed, healthier and happier are:

  • improved support in schools
  • more access to breaks,
  • better access to counselling support
  • and more financial support.
 

We also spoke to the young adult carer interns who worked at Carers Trust over the summer, and local carers centres that make up the Carers Trust Network. These discussions backed up what we’d heard elsewhere: young carers need adults to make more time for them so they can get the support they need to balance their caring role with their education and training.

But what does ‘Make Time for Young Carers’ really mean?

‘Make Time for Young Carers’ highlights two things that are really important for young carers:

  • the need for professionals and responsible adults to make more time to listen to young carers explain the challenges they face as young carers, so they can better understand the support young carers actually need.
  • Once they understand the sort of support that’s required, responsible adults then need to make time to put that support in place.

Sometimes it only needs ten minutes to change a young carer’s life

We spoke to a young carer called Mariam about how she’d felt overwhelmed at school because she had to spend so much time when she got home looking after her mum who couldn’t move without feeling severe pain. Because of the constant demands of her caring role, it was really difficult for Mariam to get her homework done. As a result, she always felt unprepared, stressed and behind with her schoolwork.

All that changed when a teacher approached her. The teacher asked the right question: not why Mariam hadn’t handed in her homework, but instead if there was anything that was making it difficult for Mariam to get her work done. That one simple question, and the teacher’s willingness to make time to listen, was what Mariam needed. She was able to explain why she was struggling to get her homework done; and the teacher, who now understood the challenges Mariam faced, was able to help Mariam make a plan for prioritising what needed to be done, so she didn’t feel so overwhelmed.

As Mariam says,

“that ten minute conversation changed my life because it helped me understand how important it is to get support, and how just a bit of support can really help me as a young carer to manage everything I need to get done.”

When will Young Carers Action Day resources be available to download?

From Friday 16th December. But do also keep an eye on this homepage, as this is where we will be sharing all the amazing content created by young and young adult carers in the run up to the day!

If you have any queries or would like more information about Young Carers Action Day, then please email youngcarers@carers.org