“800,000 young carers aged 5-17 care for an adult or family member in the UK.” – The Children’s Society
Young Carers Day is a day in which people come together to raise awareness around the work carried out by thousands of young carers across the UK.
A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends to enable them to cope and carry on with their day to day life as they could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or suffers with mental ill-health or substance misuse’.
The Carer Card
The Carer Card serves to recognise your role as an unpaid carer and also has a space for urgent contact information.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, we saw a lot of people apply for a Carer Card to show that they were travelling for a legitimate reason or shopping on someone else’s behalf.
To qualify for a Carer Card you must have evidence of caring responsibilities.
Find out more about the Carer Card here.
Further Sources of Information, Advice, and Support
“Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers. We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. Our vision is that unpaid carers count and can access the help they need to live their lives.”Carers Trust
Action For Children
“Our vision is that every child and young person has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.
“We put children at the heart of everything we do. That includes our mission and values. They’re our blueprint for the way we work.”Action For Children
Tel: 0300 123 2112