People around North East Lincolnshire will be taking part in a national event on the 28th January as part of Young Carers Awareness Day. A day of recognition for all Young Carers around the UK.
Young carers are children and young people under the age of 18 who provide unpaid care to a family member who is physically/mentally ill or disabled. The campaign, run by Carers Trust, a charity that provides support for young carers, has set up a day to recognise the hard work young carers put in and expect nothing back.
Carers Trust wants the day to be about the thousands of young people who are often unidentified, and miss out on vital services and support they are entitled to. Young carers sometimes have to miss out on a childhood as they take on the important role of becoming a carer.
In North East Lincolnshire, Young Carers Awareness Day is about celebrating all their success, and raising as much money as possible for the charity. Julian Ward, a caseworker who works for the Young Carers Project, is doing a sponsored 12 hour spin at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre. He said:
“We provide support through 1:2:1 work, group sessions and positive activities. This enables the young carers to get a break from their caring duties and allows them to meet and socialise with other young people in similar circumstances.”
“I am enduring a 12 hour spin, to raise awareness of the project and also some funds to be able to take the young carers on days out during the school holidays (such as theme parks, wildlife parks, cinema trips etc., places they do not get to visit ordinarily due to living with a family member with an illness or disability).”
Councillor Ros James, portfolio holder for children and young people said: “It is great that Julian is taking part in a sponsored spin for young carers. They all work so hard to look after their loved ones every day, often without any complaints. To give back to them a day out in the schools holidays is a perfect way to say thank you for what they do.”
It is hoped that the day will raise awareness and understanding about what young carers do and the situations that families find themselves. Young carer services want children and young people with caring responsibilities to be more easily identified and helped, along with their families, to access the right support.
For more information on Young Carers, or if you wish to make a donation please contact 07902923136.