Friday, 3 May 2013

Y is for Young carers



                                     A wonderful and often forgotten group of children
There are a group of children out there who are sometimes forgotten. Young carers are children aged 18 or under who help to look after a relative who is disabled, critically ill, mentally ill or has a drug/alcohol problem.

These fantastic children  often can be found doing housework, cooking, dressing someone or guiding them,  looking after younger siblings, or all of the above!The thing is, young carers still have to contend with school, homework etc as well as still being children. Some often find all this very isolating and feel that they are misunderstood, with nobody identifying with what they are going through.

Victoria Taylor saw this in her own daughter. Her husband was very ill and her daughter was a young carer from a very young age. Once she started school and began to realise that her life was different from those of her peers. Victoria began to write a story for her daughter called "Caitlins wish". The book enabled her daughter to see her life differently, helping her to focus on the positives in her life.

This book has now been read by children of all ages across the world. It has brought hope to many young carers and their parents. Victoria is pure inspiration and has really made it her goal to ensure young carers are heard and cared about. Her website is http://www.caitlinswish.co.uk/

To find out more about young carers, you can find more information here:

http://www.youngcarers.net/

http://www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/young/Pages/Youngcarershome.aspx

http://www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/our_projects/young_carers.htm

http://www.youngcarer.com/

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