Thursday 31st January 2019
A young carer is a child or teenager who cares for a person in their family who may have a physical or learning disability, mental health condition, chronic illness or difficulties with substance abuse. What this really means is that they don’t always get to enjoy the same carefree childhood that most of us were or are very lucky to have. This is not a small or local problem either with there being over 50,000 young carers across the UK. The responsibility of caring for a family member is tough, and their situation can lead to pressures that have a huge impact on their life. The Southampton charity ‘No Limits’ works with young carers to support them, offer advice and carry out fun activities to give them a break from their straining daily routine. They encourage the children to talk about their feelings, and help them to understand who they can go to when they’re feeling stressed or isolated.
What’s great about the No Limits project, is that the kids get to spend time with others like themselves, who can relate to what they’re going through. One young carer said, “I think that the Young Carers Project has definitely made a difference, because I am a lot happier knowing that I have someone to turn to when things get rough”. It’s frightening how little people know about young carers and what they do, which is why it’s so important that we all take the time we can to talk about it, in order to raise support and understanding in the community. At break and lunchtime on Thursday 31st January we sold £80 worth of cake as part of our fundraising and to help raise awareness.