“A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.”
It is estimated that there are 29,000 young carers in Scotland.
The Young Scot website has lots of brilliant advice for young people who take on a caring role. You don’t need to be registered as a Young Carer to access this advice and support. Visit the website here: https://young.scot/campaigns/national/young-carers
On the website, you can find out more about what an average day in the life of a young carer might involve, and about the supports which are available to you. You might be able to apply for a one-off grant (money) or a regular allowance:
Young Scot have also brought out a new carers package featuring a range of experiences and opportunities from cinema tickets to first aid training. Young carers can now access these special range of opportunities – totally for free!
As a school we work very closely with our local carers centre. We can help you make contact with the centre, and see what supports they can offer. This could include completing a “Young Carers Statement”. Take a look at the booklet below which provides lots of helpful information.
This year, carers week runs from 8th-14th June.
The annual campaign helps to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid cares face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much needed supports.
The focus of this year’s week is Making Caring Visible to ensure that carers get the information and support they need from services and the wider public.
Here is a list of websites which you can visit for help and support.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde: website provides information for carers and where your local centres are. https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/your-health/health-services/carers/information-for-carers/local-support/local-services/
Carers’ Charter: to help carers understand their rights under the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 https://www.gov.scot/publications/carers-charter/
Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland: working for the human rights for children and young people living in Scotland. https://cypcs.org.uk/rights/
Carers Scotland: part for Carers’ UK which provides information and advice and links to carers’ centres across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. https://www.carersuk.org/scotland