26 January 2017 is a national day of recognition for the UK's 700,000 young carers.

Young female carer with younger brotherWe want Young Carers Awareness Day (or YCAD) 2017 to be a day where everyone recognises the challenges that young carers face.

When I grow up

We want people to understand how difficult it can be for young carers to realise their hopes and dreams for the future unless they have the right support in place.

This year's theme is 'When I grow up' and it's all about helping young carers to achieve their dream jobs or career, and we want everyone to be a part of it.

We'll be highlighting how for the 700,000 young carers across the UK who are caring for their sick or disabled mum, dad, brother or sister, this is impacting their lives.

Watch our CEO Gail Scott-Spicer tells us what she wanted to be when growing up and give some tips to the 700,000 young carers out there in the UK.

Thank you for getting involved

A huge thank you to everyone who got involved in Young Carers Awareness Day 2017. Read more about it our news stories:

Here's some fun things you can do:

Free resources and materials

Download and use our special 'When I grow up' posters:

Anyone can get involved in YCAD. See what you can do by downloading our 'How to get involved in YCAD' poster (PDF, 85KB) - there are ideas for Carers Trust Network Partners, parliamentarians, local councillors, health care professionals, GPs, charities and other organisations.

Download free YCAD materials for schools: