January 28, 2016
Research revealed by the Carers Trust on Young Carers Awareness Day (28th January) shows that 80% of young carers miss out on childhood experiences because they are caring for family and friends.
The research has been released to mark Young Carers Awareness Day, which aims to shine a spotlight on the vast range of tasks these children carry out, day-in-day-out. The day of action includes numerous ‘audience with young carers’ events taking place across the country, in a bid to help identify others who may not know they are a young carer, and to help them receive the support they desperately need.
This undoubtedly means that young carers also miss out on having a holiday. They miss out on the positive benefits that spending time together away from the hardest of daily grinds can bring, and the opportunity to play and have fun. Gail Scott-Spicer, CEO of Carers Trust, said:
“Young carers are constantly burdened with the worry of what is happening to the parent or sibling they care for at home. Their caring role never stops – whether they are at home or school. We want these children to be able to live a full life, like their friends, which means they won’t be missing out on their childhoods – getting the help and support they desperately need.”
The survey results reveal that:
The Family Holiday Association works with young carers and helps them to access a much needed break. For more information on this charity, please visit their website FamilyHolidayAssociation.org.uk
Article Source: Carers Trust