In most families, adults look after the children. But sometimes, if an adult has a long term illness or disability, these roles are reversed and children end up being the carers.
Young carers may have a lot of practical responsibilities, including:
- personal, intimate and medical care
- domestic chores such as cooking, cleaning and shopping
- looking after other children in the family
- budgeting and managing money
Young carers also provide emotional support, spending time with the person they look after to keep them company and cheer them up.
Help for young carers
Looking after someone else is hard work and takes up a lot of time. Young carers often miss out on having fun with their friends, and may feel lonely and isolated. They may find the responsibilities of caring difficult physically and emotionally and get tired or depressed. It can be hard to keep up with school.
Solihull Young Carers is here to help. We:
- provide one-to-one support, information and advice
- support children with school issues, including homework
- organise local groups, activities, days out and holidays
- arrange practical help at home and breaks from caring
- make sure young carers’ voices are heard (advocacy)
More about Solihull Young Carers.