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Arrow Young Carers - August 25th 2012, 08:55 AM

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Well hello! I'm a registered Young Carer and I have created this thread for fellow young carers or someone who has questions about our roles or people who think they might be one.

What is a young carer?

Well a young carer is someone between the ages of 8 and 18 who looks after an ill or disabled member of there family. It could be helping medication, doing household jobs. Or providing support anything really.

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Re: Young Carers - September 3rd 2012, 09:33 AM

I have a question. Can someone be a young carer if they have to take care of their younger siblings because their parent is busy looking after a disabled child? I just ask because my friend has to be home from school straight away, and sometimes take time off school, to look after her younger siblings because her parents are working and looking after another child who is disabled.


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Re: Young Carers - September 4th 2012, 08:17 PM

Hester, I would personally count that as a young carer. I think anyone having to take on extra responsibility because of soemone in their family who is ill or disabled constitutes as a young carer.
I was a young carer. I spent most of my free time from 11 till I moved out at 18 helping my mum out with my younger brother who has learning disabilities and autism. I also had to care for my mum from the age of 15-16 when her kidneys were failing. It was tough, but it definately taught me the skills that I need for the job I have now - would you guess I'm a carer for adults with learning disabilties? I absolutely love being a carer, even though I didn't always appreciate missing out on seeing friends, but it's done me more good than school ever did
   
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Re: Young Carers - September 4th 2012, 11:23 PM

Hey guys! Ironically, TeenHelp just published an article this month on young carers. You can read it here. =)






   
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Re: Young Carers - September 18th 2012, 07:14 AM

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I have a question. Can someone be a young carer if they have to take care of their younger siblings because their parent is busy looking after a disabled child? I just ask because my friend has to be home from school straight away, and sometimes take time off school, to look after her younger siblings because her parents are working and looking after another child who is disabled.
Yes definatly, if you tell your friend to maybe talk to her school then they can hopefully contact someone to put her in a young carers club and give her some support when needed.


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Re: Young Carers - September 23rd 2012, 01:11 PM

Like Robin, I must point out that we also published a Video on Young Carers this month which can be viewed here.



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