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Young Carers and COVID-19

Oct 16, 2020 | COVID-19, News

#spare5 today to think if you know a child or young person who might be a young carer – it starts with you!

What is a Young Carer?

Young Carers often feel invisible. These Children and Young People may take on what are mainly seen as adult responsibilities, for many reasons.

The person they love and care for could be ill, disabled, living with mental health problems, or misusing drugs or alcohol.

Their caring role could take many forms too. Anything from washing and dressing the person they care.

  • Cooking and cleaning
  • Shopping picking up practical household responsibilities
  • Caring for siblings
  • Picking up and administering medication
  • attending medical appointments.
    • It can also just be that they offer an additional amount of emotional support, which can be hard to identify at this time.

In normal circumstances, young carers if known, may receive support through school and other activities. However, as COVID-19 has led to huge changes in schools and support services, young carers are more likely to be lonely and isolated. There will also be young people who have taken on a caring role during the pandemic as the long-term effects of COVID-19 and the mental health impacts of lockdown continue to be felt.

On the Wirral, young carers can receive support through Action with Young Carers, a support service provided by Barnardo’s.

https://www.barnardos.org.uk/what-we-do/services/action-young-carers-wirral

Action with Young Carers Wirral has a team of Project Workers who complete individual young carer assessments and help to put support in place for young carers and their families.

You can refer a young carer to Action With Young Carers Wirral by emailing [email protected] or calling 0151 650 5488 to obtain a referral form. The team operates 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, though they may be able to contact young carers and families outside of these hours depending on need.

To find out more information- please also click on the documents below

#spare5 – it starts with you! #Becauseweallcare

Barnardo’s still hidden still ignored

Barnardos Action With Young Carers Wirral Referral Form (updated)

Barnardos Caring Alone report

Updated Leaflet (Wirral)

Mental health – covid19 in our own words report

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