There are an estimated 6.5 million carers in the UK, and of these over 400,000 are Young Carers aged 0 -24 according to the 2011 census. Increasingly a caring role is being taken by children as young as five to ten years old.
Without support, young carers’ educational achievement and development can be significantly affected, with little time to do homework, coursework, attend open days or socialise with friends. There can also be a significant impact on the young person’s mental health and wellbeing.
Changes to the Children and Families Bill entitle young carers to request a statutory assessment of their caring role from April 2015. This in turn will include an assessment of need for the person for whom they are caring.
County Durham have a young carers service in Bishop Auckland;
Family Action - The Bridge Young Carers Service
Family Action - The Bridge Young Carers Service is for children and young people between 5 and 18 years of age, with caring responsibilities living in County Durham. For more information or advice please contact Family Action - The Bridge Young Carer's Service on 0191 383 2520, or alternatively visit the website www.durhamcarers.info/Pages/YoungCarers.aspx
Are you under 18 years old?
Do you look after a parent, sibling or another member of your family who have a disability or illness?
Would you some time out?
If you have answered yes to the above questions, please make an appointment at practice with one of the nurses who can advise you on the services the Bridge Centre has to offer.