We are proud to support Young Carers Action Day 2022

Young Carers Action Day, Wednesday 16 March 2022

Are you a young carer, or do you know someone who might be? There’s lots of help, support and advice available for young carers in Kirklees. We would love to hear from you.

Who is a young carer?

A young carer is someone aged 18 and under who cares for a friend or family member who could struggle without their support. This could be due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction. Older young carers (aged 16-25) are also known as young adult carers.

Young carers are often a hidden group, but they may display signs in school or college that they need support. This could include regular lateness, low attendance, tiredness, low attention span or a change in behaviour. Always considering if someone is a young carer is a good starting point.

Councillor Viv Kendrick, Cabinet member for Children, said:

“Recently in Kirklees we have seen higher numbers of young people being referred to us as carers, which is incredibly positive, but we also know there will be lots of young carers who aren’t registered or who don’t even consider themselves to be carers.

Being a carer can impact on physical health, mental health, education, long-term opportunities and every aspect of life. That’s why we have increased our investment in supporting this group.

When we can identify young carers and put support around them, it can improve their outcomes and cut the risk of isolation.

We want to hear from Kirklees young carers or their families so that our help can make a lasting, long-term difference in their lives.

Please do get in touch with us. Our message is simple: We’re here for you in Kirklees.”

In the UK it’s estimated there are 800,000 young people who care for an adult or family member. Around a third of young carers have a mental health issue.

Young Carers Action Day

Young Carers Action Day takes place on March 16. We are joining other local organisations to spread the word about young carers, the huge range of pressures they face and the contribution they make.

Young Carers Action Day is being led by the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WYHCP), with Kirklees Council one of many organisations giving their full backing.

The Kirklees Young Carers service is operated by Barnardo’s. You can find more information on the Barnardo’s website, by calling 01484 426100 or emailing kirkleesyoungcarers@barnardos.org.uk

Working with young carers themselves, WYHCP have produced a support app which is available to download. It provides free advice on topics like mental health, education, emergency planning, carer skills and relationships. For more details, please visit the WYHCP web page.