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Who Are Young Carers?

Young Carers are people under the age of 18, who look after someone who is unwell or disabled. Usually the person they care for is a member of their family. As a Carer you may help with:

  • Doing the housework
  • Doing the shopping
  • Interpreting
  • Keeping an eye on someone
  • Washing or dressing

As one young Carer said:

"Its not easy looking after a disabled mum/dad or maybe brother/sister or some other relative. You may not want to tell people because you may think they will make fun of you or the person you are looking after.

It is important to tell someone so you don't feel alone and it is surprising how many people do actually care and will help you as much as possible".

(Andrew, aged 17: Tameside Young Carer)

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