Young Carers Action Day

Young Carers Action Day is on Wednesday 15th March and the theme this year is ‘Make Time for Young Carers’.

The theme was chosen because young carers kept telling the Carers Trust how important their health and wellbeing is to them. Young carers can and do feel overwhelmed, but they say it doesn’t have to be this way. They think the things that would make them healthier and happier are:

  •  improved support in schools
  • more access to breaks
  • better access to counselling support
  • more financial support

The Carers Trust have published this report, ‘Being a young carer is not a choice; it’s just what we do‘, with the findings from their Young Carers 2023 survey.

In Surrey alone there over 14,000 young carers – young people looking after a family member who needs help because of illness or disability. That is at least two young people in every Surrey classroom.

The Loop will be marking Young Carers Action Day by visiting two charities working to support the health and wellbeing of young carers in Surrey.

Cook4Care provide healthy, home cooked, nutritious meals that can be delivered to the homes of young carers and their families.

My Time for Young Carers is a charity providing fun activities for young carers aged between 7 and 16 who live in and around Epsom and Ewell, and Mole Valley. The aim of My Time for Young Carers is to give young carers time to be carefree.

On Thursday 16th March The Loop will be attending the Making Time for Young Carers in Surrey seminar, a free online event, organised by the Surrey Carers Partnership Board, aimed at all those who work with or encounter children and young people in Surrey. This event will share national and local perspectives of young carers’ needs, and support in schools and colleges, as well as looking at how best to improve this vulnerable group’s wellbeing and mental health.