Young carers are children and young people aged 8 to 18 years, who care for a relative at home who is unwell, has a disability, has mental health problems or who has alcohol/drug problems. Their day to day life responsibilities often include cooking, cleaning, shopping, ensuring safety, assessing and dealing with moods/behaviours, providing medical and personal care as well as providing emotional support. With so many adult responsibilities young carers can often miss out on opportunities that other children have to play and learn. They can become isolated, with little/no relief from the pressures at home.
In the Northern Trust area, we work with Barnardo’s NI Young Carer’s Service. Barnardo’s provides a listening ear and much needed time out for these children and young people. They can talk to their project worker as well as meet with other young carers in a structured or fun environment within their community to lessen the feelings of loneliness and to ultimately support them in reaching their full potential.
For more information please read ‘A guide for young people looking after someone with cancer’
When a young carer reaches 16 years they are entitled to a Carer Assessment with the named worker for their family. See the ‘Carers Assessment for Young Carers’ leaflet for more information.
If you or someone you know would like more information contact:
Dougie Tyler Barnardos
36A Westland Road
Magherafelt, BT45 5AY
Telephone: 028 7963 1344