#DoYouCare is a campaign by Team V Inspired, a volunteering organisation for young people. The campaign’s aim is to raise awareness of young carers – who we are (anyone), what we do (anything) and why we do it (because of everything!). It shows the struggles of daily life. We wake up early, we make sure everyone else is okay throughout the day and then go to bed late.
There are many young carers within the UK, not just me and not just Joe in the campaign. (See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZMnMIu7bJ8). No carer is the same. We all do different things, care for people with different ‘problems’ and it affects us in different ways. Every carer is an individual but we are not just carers. We are sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, friends of people in our lives. Some people just see themselves as a carer, some don’t see themselves as a carer at all.
There are services that can support carers, such as a local carers centre. This is where young carers can go to get support with regards to their caring responsibilities – they can find out about their loved one’s illness or condition, can get support with finance (applying for carer’s allowance) or any other area of their life which is affected by caring. (Almost all of it!). (See this video for more information – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Acp1gOiZuoE).
This campaign is one that is close to my heart. Unfortunately it stops on Monday (9th) but there is nothing stopping you making a pledge to support a young carer. So what do you pledge?
I pledge to keep supporting young carers in my job and when I volunteer.