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January 2017

When I grow up…

We all have dreams. When we were growing up, Alan wanted to be a soldier, Jon wanted to be a Formula 1 racing driver and Julie wanted to be woman priest.

25th January is Young Carers Awareness Day and this year it’s about achieving those dreams and raising awareness of the issues young and young adult carers face and helping them to achieve their life potential.

There are more than 375,000 young adult carers in the UK. Aged between 16 and 25, these are the young people who care for a loved on. It could be a sister, brother, mother, father or grandparent and often they have to juggle a caring role with their education.  Many miss school, or experience stress and anxiety trying to juggle them both.  Often their school or college is not aware of their caring role and many feel unable to talk about it.

With little or no support, limited opportunities to socialise with friends or enjoy hobbies such as sports activities, caring can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.  Dreams of going to college or university, or embarking on a career are often put to one side or forgotten

Here at Carer Support Wiltshire we help young adult carers to realise their potential and equip them for the future. Our First Aid for the Mind workshops teach mechanisms to cope with stress and anxiety, and we help them to make the most of their CV and access the opportunities that could help them realise their ambitions. We give them the support they need to look beyond their caring role and reach for the stars.

We also work with Spurgeon’s to help young carers transition into adult services. You can check out Spurgeon’s new Wiltshire Voices video on youtube.com.  Simply search Wiltshire Voices—Young Carers or click here . The video features real Young Carers and their families living in Wiltshire.

If you think you might be a young or young adult carer or know someone who is, the Carer Support Wiltshire and Spurgeon’s teams will be at Salisbury College, Lackham College, Trowbridge College and Chippenham College on Young Carers Awareness Day for advice, information and support.  To find out more contact Andrea on 0800 181 4118.