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Young Carers Awareness Day 2018

Thursday, 25 January 2018 marks this year’s Young Carers Awareness Day. Organised by the Carers Trust, it’s an opportunity to not only recognise the challenges that young carers face, but to champion greater awareness and support for all young carers.

A young person may become a young carer as the result of a family member’s illness, disability, mental health problems, or the misuse of drugs or alcohol in the home. Some of their responsibilities might include cooking, cleaning, shopping, helping someone to get dressed and move around, giving emotional support or helping with medication. With so many adult responsibilities, young carers face many challenges and caring can have an impact on their life including at school or college, socialising with friends and how they are feeling emotionally.

It is estimated that there are approximately 657,000 unpaid Carers in Scotland and 7% of households has a resident carer. The number of young carers is estimated as 29,000 across Scotland this is 4% of the under 16 child population. (Sources: Scottish Health Survey 2012/13).

The Carers (Scotland) Act will take effect from April 1 2018. There are specific provisions for young carers around the Young Carers Statement and young carers will be involved in planning and shaping local carers strategies.

South Ayrshire Carers Centre provides advice and support to young carers living or caring for someone in South Ayrshire. To mark Young Carers Awareness Day, the centre is working with local schools, colleges and business to raise awareness of young carers. They will be hosting informal drop-in sessions in the local Carers Centre at 43 Sandgate, Ayr KA7 1DA, on Thursday 25 January between 11am and 3pm. Stakeholders, staff from colleges and schools and local businesses are all invited to drop by. The team will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the support available for young carers.

If you want to find out more about being a young carer then information can be found on the Carers Trust and Young Scot websites. If you care for someone in South Ayrshire and would like to take part in a consultation to help shape future support for carers in South Ayrshire, you can have your say on the Draft Local Eligibility Criteria for Carers in South Ayrshire.

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